- 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.
- 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: Middle 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
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transitive verb strewed strewed, strewn strewn or strewed, strew·ing, strews
- To spread here and there; scatter: strewing flowers down the aisle.
- To cover (an area or a surface) with things scattered or sprinkled: “Italy . . . was strewn thick with the remains of Roman buildings” (Bernard Berenson).
- To be or become dispersed over (a surface).
- To spread (something) over a wide area; disseminate.
Origin: Middle English strewen, from Old English strēowian; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.