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See synonyms for: strewstrewedstrewn on

verb (used with object),strewed, strewn [stroon] /strun/ or strewed, strew·ing.
  1. to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed.

  2. to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something scattered or sprinkled: to strew a floor with sawdust.

  1. to be scattered or sprinkled over (a surface): Sawdust strewed the floor.

  2. to spread widely; disseminate: to strew rumors among the troops.

Origin of strew

First recorded before 1000; Middle English strewen, Old English strewian; cognate with German streuen, Old Norse strā, Gothic straujan; akin to Latin sternere “to spread” (see stratum)

synonym study For strew

1. See sprinkle.

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Other words from strew

  • strew·er, noun
  • un·der·strew, verb (used with object), un·der·strewed, un·der·strewn or un·der·strewed, un·der·strew·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for strew


/ (struː) /

verbstrews, strewing, strewed, strewn or strewed
  1. to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area

Origin of strew

Old English streowian; related to Old Norse strā, Old High German streuwen, Latin struere to spread

Derived forms of strew

  • strewer, noun

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