- To strew is to spread something out or scatter.
- An example of strew is to cover a horse’s bed with straw.
- An example of strew is to throw flower petals on the aisle at a wedding.
transitive verbstrewed, strewed or strewn, strewing
- to spread about here and there by or as by sprinkling; scatter
- to cover by or as by scattering something on or over
- to be scattered over (a surface)
Origin of strewMiddle English strewen ; from Old English streawian, akin to German streuen ; from Indo-European an unverified form streu- ; from base an unverified form ster-, to extend, stretch out, strew from source straw, Classical Latin struere, to pile up
transitive verbstrewed strewed, strewn strewn or strewed, strew·ing, strews
- To spread here and there; scatter or distribute: strewing flowers down the aisle.
- To distribute something over (an area or surface): “Italy &ellipsis; was strewn thick with the remains of Roman buildings” (Bernard Berenson).
- To be or become dispersed over (a surface): “Enemy is retiring &ellipsis; His dead men and horses strew the roads” (Jeb Stuart).
- To spread (something) over a wide area; disseminate.
Origin of strewMiddle English strewen, from Old English strēowian; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present strews, present participle strewing, simple past strewed, past participle strewn or strewed)
From Middle English strewen, strawen, streowen, from Old English strewian, strÄ“awian, strÄ“owian (â€œto strew, scatterâ€), from Proto-Germanic *strawjanÄ… (â€œto strewâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *strew- (â€œto spread, scatterâ€). Cognate with Scots strow, straw (â€œto strewâ€), West Frisian streauwe (â€œto strewâ€), Dutch strooien (â€œto strew, scatter, sprinkleâ€), German streuen (â€œto strew, scatterâ€), Swedish strÃ¶ (â€œto strewâ€), Icelandic strÃ¡ (â€œto strewâ€).