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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a single stalk or stem esp. of a cereal grass, as wheat, rye, oats, or barley.

    Category: Agriculture, Botany

  2. a mass of such stalks, esp. after drying and threshing, used as fodder.

    Category: Agriculture

  3. material made from such stalks and used to fashion hats or baskets.

  4. something of negligible value:

    not to care a straw.

  5. a paper, plastic, or glass tube for sucking up a beverage from a container.

  6. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: straw man (def. 1). 2

  7. something made of straw, esp. a hat.

    Category: Clothing

  8. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or made of straw:

    a straw hat.

  9. of the color of straw; pale yellow.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. of little value or consequence; worthless.

  11. sham; fictitious.

Idioms for straw:

  1. catch, clutch, or grasp at a straw or at straws,to pursue even the slightest hope or possibility out of desperation.

    Category: Idiom

  2. straw in the wind,a piece of information foreshadowing future events.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of straw:

bef. 950; ME; OE strēaw, c. OFris strē, OS, OHG strō, ON strā; akin to strew


Princeton's WordNet

  1. straw(noun)

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

  2. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubble(noun)

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

  3. pale yellow, straw, wheat(noun)

    a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white

  4. straw, drinking straw(adj)

    a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth

  5. straw(verb)

    of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored

  6. straw(verb)

    cover or provide with or as if with straw

    "cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"

  7. strew, straw(verb)

    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

    "strew toys all over the carpet"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. straw(noun)ɔ

    dried stems of some crops used to feed animals

  2. strawɔ

    a thin tube used to drink through

    She drank the soda through a straw.

  3. strawɔ

    the last of several bad things, that makes you unable to deal with the situation anymore

    The new law was the final straw for many dairy farmers.


  1. straw(Noun)

    A dried stalk of a cereal plant.

  2. straw(Noun)

    Such dried stalks considered collectively.

  3. straw(Noun)

    A drinking straw.

  4. straw(Adjective)

    Made of straw.

    straw hat

  5. straw(Adjective)

    Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.

  6. Origin: Old English strēaw, from strawan ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straw(verb)

    to spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow

  2. Straw(noun)

    a stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease

  3. Straw(noun)

    the gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw

  4. Straw(noun)

    anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle


  1. Straw

    Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire. Bales may be square, rectangular, or round, depending on the type of baler used.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'straw' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3902

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'straw' in Nouns Frequency: #2328

Anagrams of straw

  1. warts

  2. swart

  3. swart, warts

Translations for straw

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also adjective) (of) the cut stalks of corn etc, having many uses, eg as bedding for cattle etc, making mats and other goods etc

The cows need fresh straw; a straw hat.

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