- Starch is a white, odorless and tasteless substance found in some foods and used as a thickener or stabilizer.
- An example of a starch is a potato.
- An example of a starch is an adhesive used in paper products.
- Starch is defined as to stiffen.
An example of starch is spraying a special substance on a shirt before ironing that is designed to make it stiff.
- a white, tasteless, odorless substance found in potatoes, rice, corn, wheat, cassava, and many other vegetables: it is a granular solid, chemically a complex carbohydrate, (CHO), and is used in adhesives, sizes, cooking, cosmetics, medicine, etc.
- a powdered form of this, used in laundering for stiffening cloth, fabrics, etc.
- [pl.] starchy foods
- formal, unbending manner or behavior; stiffness
- Informal energy; vigor
Origin of starchMiddle English starche from sterchen, to stiffen from Old English an unverified form stercan from stearc, rigid, stiff, akin to German stark, strong: see stark
- A naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice, and varying widely in appearance according to source but commonly prepared as a white amorphous tasteless powder.
- Any of various substances, such as natural starch, used to stiffen cloth, as in laundering.
- starches Foods having a high content of starch, as rice, breads, and potatoes.
- a. Stiff behavior: “Dobbs, the butler … isn't as stiff as he used to be; Ann, my brother's new wife, has loosened up his starch a bit” ( Jennifer St. Giles )b. Vigor; mettle: “Business travel can take the starch out of the most self-assured corporate titan” ( Lisa Faye Kaplan )
transitive verbstarched, starch·ing, starch·es
Origin of starchMiddle English starche substance used to stiffen cloth (sense uncertain) from sterchen to stiffen from Old English stercan ; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural starches)
- (uncountable) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
- (nutrition, countable) Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
- (uncountable, figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
- (countable) Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener
(third-person singular simple present starches, present participle starching, simple past and past participle starched)
- To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
- She starched her blouses.
Old English stearc (“stark, strong, rough"). See also stark. Compare German StÃ¤rke.