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starchy

[stahr-chee]
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adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
  2. containing starch.
  3. stiffened with starch.
  4. stiff and formal, as in manner.
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Origin of starchy

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

adjective starchier or starchiest
  1. of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
  2. extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
  3. stiffened with starch
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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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