An example of starch is spraying a special substance on a shirt before ironing that is designed to make it stiff.
She starched her blouses.
An example of a starch is a potato.
An example of a starch is an adhesive used in paper products.
Other Word Forms
Origin of starch
- Middle English starche substance used to stiffen cloth (sense uncertain) from sterchen to stiffen from Old English stercan ster-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English stearc (“stark, strong, rough"). See also stark. Compare German Stärke.