[ jak-straw ]

  1. one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws.

  2. jackstraws, (used with a singular verb) a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws as possible without disturbing the heap.

  1. Obsolete.

    • a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man.

    • an insignificant person.

Origin of jackstraw

First recorded in 1590–1600; after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England

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How to use jackstraw in a sentence

  • The forest, swept as by a giant broom, became a jackstraw tangle of destruction.

    Darkness and Dawn | George Allan England
  • What a jackstraw world this had proved itself to him in this last week!

    The Web of the Golden Spider | Frederick Orin Bartlett