Definition of starchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːtʃi/

adjective (starchier, starchiest)

1(Of food or diet) containing a lot of starch: sugary and starchy foods the school’s starchy diet
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  • The Shambaa diet is composed of starchy foods such as rice, maize, and sweet potatoes.
  • The Sherpa diet is dominated by starchy foods, supplemented by vegetables, spices, and occasionally meat.
  • However, beware of adding more starchy foods to your diet just because they are ‘low carb.’
2(Of clothing) stiff with starch: my apron was too clean and my cap too starchy
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  • He was dressed in a very starchy white shirt that seemed two sizes too big and very ugly pants that seemed to be made of burlap.
  • The typical Utah outfit consists of a starchy white shirt, a pair of pleated khaki pants that hit the leg just above the ankle, a brown belt and brown shoes.
  • Dresses also feature in the show, from starchy Victorian frocks to stylish evening numbers, reflecting the changing fashions of the early 20th century.
3 informal Very stiff, formal, or prim in manner or character: the manager is usually a bit starchy
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  • This whole mess is presided over by Anne Robinson, a prim, starchy, offensive Englishwoman who asks the questions while berating the contestants with wooden taunts and denigrating comments.
  • It's a bit starchy and formal.
  • She was just way, way too prim and starchy for me.



Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːtʃɪli/
Example sentences
  • In May, the FISA court starchily rejected the Justice Department's proposed new guidelines.
  • The dullest piece here is a starchily respectful profile of Krishna Menon, the high commissioner in London for the Dominion of India.
  • And there's at least one goofy-great moment, as Sagnier coaxes Rampling to starchily bop around to a thumping techno song with the refrain of ‘Let's do it!’


Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːtʃɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Once cooked, the flesh is almost fluffy, like a sweet potato - but without so much starchiness.
  • The starchiness which characterized the East Coast elite in the 1950s has gone, he says.
  • Tossed in a hot pan for a scant five minutes, the sprouts soften and give up their starchiness, wilting into a warm slaw scented with white wine and citrus.

Words that rhyme with starchy

hibachi, Karachi, Liberace, vivace

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