- 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, strewn or strewed, strew′ing
- to cover over (a surface) with something
- to scatter (things) over or about a surface
- to lie scattered over or about (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, 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 … was strewn thick with the remains of Roman buildings” ( Bernard Berenson )
- To be or become dispersed over (a surface): “Enemy is retiring … 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 (“to strew, scatter"), from Proto-Germanic *strawjanÄ… (“to strew"), from Proto-Indo-European *strew- (“to spread, scatter"). Cognate with Scots strow, straw (“to strew"), West Frisian streauwe (“to strew"), Dutch strooien (“to strew, scatter, sprinkle"), German streuen (“to strew, scatter"), Swedish strÃ¶ (“to strew"), Icelandic strÃ¡ (“to strew").