Bestrew Definition

bestrewed, bestrewing, bestrewn, bestrews
To strew (a surface) with things so as to cover it.
The crowd bestrewed the streets with confetti.
American Heritage
To cover over (a surface) with something; strew.
Webster's New World
To lie scattered over or about.
Books and papers bestrewed the desk.
American Heritage
To scatter (things) over or about a surface.
Webster's New World
To lie scattered over or about (a surface)
Papers bestrewed the streets.
Webster's New World

Origin of Bestrew

  • From Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian (“to bestrew, besprinkle”), equivalent to be- +‎ strew. Cognate with Dutch bestrooien (“to sprinkle, bestrew”), German bestreuen (“to sprinkle, cover”), Swedish beströ (“to strew, sprinkle, scatter”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bistrewen from Old English bestrēowian be- be- strēowian to strew strew

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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