bestrew

[bih-stroo]

verb (used with object), be·strewed, be·strewed or be·strewn, be·strew·ing.

to strew or cover (a surface).
to strew or scatter about.
to lie scattered over.

Origin of bestrew

before 1000; Middle English bistrewen, Old English bestrēowian. See be-, strew
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Examples from the Web for bestrew

Historical Examples of bestrew

  • Brush over with butter and bestrew with sugar, cinnamon, and currants.

  • Without any signs of dizziness or staggering, he walked between the boulders which bestrew the path.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • He kept sending flowers, as if to bestrew the path of his retreat, which was never the path of a return.

    The Pupil

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for bestrew

bestrew

verb -strews, -strewing, -strewed, -strewn or -strewed

(tr) to scatter or lie scattered over (a surface)
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Word Origin and History for bestrew
v.

Old English bestreowian; see be- + strew (v.).

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