Definition of strew in English:


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Pronunciation: /struː

verb (past participle strewn or strewed)

[with object]
1Scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area: a small room with newspapers strewn all over the floor
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  • 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.
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'.



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  • 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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