What does straw mean?

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [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 type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used to drink a form of liquid.

    Drinking straws are used in a variety of settings including the home, restaurant, pub and other establishments that serve drinks.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on August 20, 2016  

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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. swart, warts

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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. O. Henry, "A Ruler of Men.":

    A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.

  2. Robert Puentes:

    Eno Center for Transportation is kind of a straw man.

  3. Greg Andres:

    Given that you have issues with it, I drew the short straw.

  4. Cam Berlogar:

    It's a matter of who has the longest straw at the bottom of the bucket.

  5. Matt Schlapp:

    His speech was well-received, but he didn't do that well in the straw poll.

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