What does Straw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strawnoun

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

  2. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubblenoun

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

  3. pale yellow, straw, wheatnoun

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

  4. straw, drinking strawadjective

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

  5. strawverb

    of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored

  6. strawverb

    cover or provide with or as if with straw

    "cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"

  7. strew, strawverb

    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

    "strew toys all over the carpet"


  1. strawnoun

    A dried stalk of a cereal plant.

  2. strawnoun

    Such dried stalks considered collectively.

  3. strawnoun

    A drinking straw.

  4. strawadjective

    Made of straw.

    straw hat

  5. strawadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRAWnoun

    Etymology: streow , Saxon; stroo, Dutch.

    I can counterfeit the deep tragedian,
    Tremble and start at wagging of a straw,
    Intending deep suspicion. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Plate sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
    Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw doth pierce it. William Shakespeare.

    Apples in hay and straw ripened apparently; but the apple in the straw more. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    My new straw hat, that’s trimly lin’d with green,
    Let Peggy wear. John Gay, Pastorals.

    More light he treads, more tall he seems to rise,
    And struts a straw breadth nearer to the skies. Thomas Tickell.

    Thy arms, thy liberty, beside
    All that’s on th’ outside of thy hide,
    Are mine by military law,
    Of which I will not bate one straw. Hudibras.

    ’Tis not a straw matter whether the main cause be right or wrong. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. Straw

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


  1. straw

    Straw is the dried stalks of cereal plants (such as wheat, barley, oats, or rice) after the grain and chaff have been removed. It's often used as fodder for livestock, for weaving or crafts, or as bedding. The term can also be used to refer to a thin tube used to suck liquid from a container, or in phrases to represent something of little value or importance ('last straw', 'straw man').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strawverb

    to spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow

  2. Strawnoun

    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. Strawnoun

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

  4. Strawnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. strew, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str, D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. str, Icel. str, Dan. straa, Sw. str. 166. See Strew.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Straw

    straw, n. the stalk on which corn grows, and from which it is thrashed: a quantity of these when thrashed: anything worthless, the least possible thing.—ns. Straw′berry, the delicious and fragrant fruit of any of the species of the genus Fragaria, the plant itself; Straw′berry-leaf, a symbolic ornament on the coronets of dukes, marquises, and earls—in pl. a dukedom; Straw′berry-mark, a soft reddish nævus or birth-mark; Straw′berry-tree, a species of Arbutus, which produces a fruit resembling the strawberry; Straw′-board, a kind of mill-board or thick card-board, made of straw after it has been boiled with lime or soda to soften it; Straw′-col′our, the colour of dry straw, a delicate yellow.—adj. Straw′-col′oured, of the colour of dry straw, of a delicate yellowish colour.—ns. Straw′-cut′ter, an instrument for chopping straw for fodder; Straw′-embroi′dery, embroidery done by sewing straw on net; Straw′-house, a house for holding thrashed straw; Straw′ing (slang), the sale of straws on the streets in order to cover the giving to the purchaser of things forbidden to be sold, as indecent books, &c.; Straw′-plait, a narrow band of plaited wheat-straw, used in making straw hats, bonnets, &c.; Straw′-stem, the fine stem of a wine-glass pulled out from the material of the bowl, instead of being attached separately: a wine-glass having such a stem.—adj. Straw′y, made of, or like, straw.—Man of straw (see under Man). [A.S. streaw; Ger. stroh, from the root of strew.]

Editors Contribution

  1. straw

    A cylindrical shaped tube that you suck liquid through!

    She drank a gallon of beer through a strawl

    Submitted by anonymous on July 17, 2022  

  2. straw

    A type of plant fiber.

    Straw is necessary for all farmers for food for some of their animals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STRAW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Straw is ranked #8356 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Straw surname appeared 3,962 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Straw.

    89.7% or 3,557 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 205 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 80 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 61 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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 for Straw »

  1. warts

  2. swart

  3. warst

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straw in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Straw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Straw in a Sentence

  1. Julie Brady:

    The way Nin Bell handled it. That was the absolute last straw for me.

  2. Luis Vizcarrondo Jr.:

    But the insurrection was the last straw for me, as a father of three kids, I would never have thought I would see a day like this.

  3. Carson Block:

    ESG is the paper straw of investing.

  4. Michael Roth:

    Spinning gold from straw has never yet worked. That is also true of Brexit, peace in Northern Ireland and the integrity of the internal market are non-negotiable for the EU.

  5. Speaker Ryan:

    The president will have five or six straw men in the speech, I’m sure, and he’ll present a very glossy rendition of the last seven years.He’ll try to set some verbal traps along the way and it will be a very political and pointed speech, I would guess.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    A knead
    B abrade
    C suffuse
    D fluster

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