transitive verb-·strewed′, -·strewed′ or -·strewn′, -·strew′ing
- to cover over (a surface) with something; strew
- to scatter (things) over or about a surface
- to lie scattered over or about (a surface): papers bestrewed the streets
Origin of bestrewMiddle English bistrewen from Old English bestreowian: see be- and strew
transitive verbbe·strewed, be·strewed, or be·strewn be·strew·ing, be·strews
- To strew (a surface) with things so as to cover it: The crowd bestrewed the streets with confetti.
- To lie scattered over or about: Books and papers bestrewed the desk.
Origin of bestrewMiddle English bistrewen from Old English bestrēowian be- be- strēowian to strew ; see strew .
(third-person singular simple present bestrews, present participle bestrewing, simple past bestrewed, past participle bestrewn)