starchy

[stahr-chee]

adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.

of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
containing starch.
stiffened with starch.
stiff and formal, as in manner.

Origin of starchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; starch + -y1
Related formsstarch·i·ly, adverbstarch·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of starchy

  • There are many versions of potato pancakes, and many ways to dress the starchy discs up or down.

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    Mouth-Watering Potato Pancakes

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    December 1, 2010

  • These men and women eat badly: cheap, starchy food; low-end meat; rarely any fresh fruit and vegetables.

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    The New Blue-Collar Hungry

    Sasha Abramsky

    November 18, 2009

  • It is the perfect, easy, healthy meal and almost any vegetable or starchy sides will work well with it.

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    The Original American Locavore

    Sarah Whitman-Salkin

    July 21, 2009

  • Something that said, "Hey, I'm not just a starchy side dish, I'm a recipe in my own right, and I demand some respect!"

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    The Backyard Cookout Gets Stylish

    Katie Workman

    July 14, 2009

Historical Examples of starchy


British Dictionary definitions for starchy

starchy

adjective starchier or starchiest

of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
stiffened with starch
Derived Formsstarchily, adverbstarchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for starchy
adj.

1802, from starch + -y (2). Related: Starchily; starchiness.

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