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verb (used with object), be·strewed, be·strewed or be·strewn, be·strew·ing.
  1. to strew or cover (a surface).
  2. to strew or scatter about.
  3. to lie scattered over.

Origin of bestrew

before 1000; Middle English bistrewen, Old English bestrēowian. See be-, strew Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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


verb -strews, -strewing, -strewed, -strewn or -strewed
  1. (tr) to scatter or lie scattered over (a surface)
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Word Origin and History for bestrew

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

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