Definition of strew in English:


Syllabification: strew
Pronunciation: /stro͞o

verb (past participle strewn /stro͞on/ or strewed)

[with object] (usually be strewn)
1Scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area: a small room with newspapers strewn all over the floor
More example sentences
  • Damage was caused to the fence and chain, the crosses by the memorial were flattened and litter was strewn around the area.
  • There are more and more scratches to the paintwork and plants from an adjoining flower bed, along with litter, have been strewn over the seats and surrounding area.
  • At others, downed trees littered parent pickup areas and limbs were strewn across student bike racks.
scatter, spread, disperse, litter, toss
literary bestrew
1.1 (usually be strewn with) Cover (a surface or area) with untidily scattered things: the table was strewn with books and papers [as adjective, in combination]: (strewn) boulder-strewn slopes
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  • The area is now strewn with broken bottles and rubbish and the playground equipment is covered in graffiti.
  • It took her a couple of minutes of fumbling around on her bedside table that was strewn with books to find the small mobile phone.
  • Since it closed, youngsters have covered the building with graffiti, and the site is strewn with litter.
1.2Be scattered or spread untidily over (a surface or area): leaves strewed the path
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  • At 6 am one day this summer, a tangle of garments and half-eaten plates of food, which volunteers had doled out the night before, strewed an entire sidewalk block.
  • Litter strewed the hallway; books and candles lay burnt and melted around the floor.
  • Litter strewed the street.


Old English stre(o)wian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch strooien, German streuen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sternere 'lay flat'.



More example sentences
  • Further research has identified the flower strewer as a Newry man.
  • In the seventeenth century, herb strewers were employed by the English Royal Family to scatter sage and lavender to cover the stench of urban life.
  • This combination of products and grass seeding was brought out by means of rotary strewer.

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