- The definition of straw is a yellowish color, or made of stocks of grain.
- An example of something straw is the color of a blonde's hair.
- An example of straw is a hat made of hollow stalks of grain; a straw hat.
- Straw is defined as hollow stalks of grain, or a tube for sucking up liquid.
- An example of straw is the material from which bundles of hay are made.
- An example of straw is the tube for drinking a soft drink from a cup.
- hollow stalks or stems of grain after threshing, collectively: used for fodder, for bedding, for making hats, etc.
- a single one of such stalks
- such a stalk or, now esp., a tube of waxed paper, plastic, etc., used for sucking beverages
- something, as a hat, made of straw
- something of little or no value; worthless trifle
- straw man (sense )
- see last straw
Origin of strawMiddle English stra ; from Old English streaw, akin to streawian: see strew
- straw-colored; yellowish
- made of straw
- of little or no value or significance; worthless; meaningless
a straw in the wind
grasp (or clutch or catch) at a straw (or straws)
- a. Stalks of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, as into baskets.b. A single stalk of threshed grain.
- Pieces or a piece of natural or artificial strawlike material.
- Something, such as a hat or basket, made of straw.
- A slender tube used for sucking up a liquid.
- a. Something of minimal value or importance.b. The least valuable bit; a jot: I don't care a straw what you think.c. Something with too little substance to provide support in a crisis: Near the end we were grasping at straws.
- Of, relating to, or made of straw: a straw mat.
- Containing or used for straw, as a barn or feeding trough.
- Of the color of straw; yellowish.
- a. Of, relating to, or constituting a straw man.b. Apparently legitimate but actually intended as a cover for illegal or secret activity: set up a straw company to launder money.
Origin of strawMiddle English, from Old English strēaw; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural straws)
Old English strēaw, from Proto-Germanic *strawą ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, German Stroh, Swedish strå, Albanian strohë (“kennel”).