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Meaning & Definition of Straw in English

English

Straw

/strɔ/

noun

1. Plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder

    synonym:
  • straw

2. Material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

    synonym:
  • chaff
  • ,
  • husk
  • ,
  • shuck
  • ,
  • stalk
  • ,
  • straw
  • ,
  • stubble

3. A variable yellow tint

  • Dull yellow, often diluted with white
    synonym:
  • pale yellow
  • ,
  • straw
  • ,
  • wheat

4. A thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth

    synonym:
  • straw
  • ,
  • drinking straw

verb

1. Cover or provide with or as if with straw

  • "Cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"
    synonym:
  • straw

2. Spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

  • "Strew toys all over the carpet"
    synonym:
  • strew
  • ,
  • straw

adjective

1. Of a pale yellow color like straw

  • Straw-colored
    synonym:
  • straw

Examples of using

A drowning man will catch at a straw.
The last straw breaks the camel's back.
It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back.