Straw definition

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Something of little or no value; worthless trifle.
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Pieces or a piece of natural or artificial strawlike material.
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Such a stalk or, now esp., a tube of waxed paper, plastic, etc., used for sucking beverages.
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A slender tube used for sucking up a liquid.
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A single stalk of threshed grain.
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Something of minimal value or importance.
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The least valuable bit; a jot.

I don't care a straw what you think.

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Something with too little substance to provide support in a crisis.

Near the end we were grasping at straws.

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Of, relating to, or made of straw.

A straw mat.

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Containing or used for straw, as a barn or feeding trough.
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Of the color of straw; yellowish.
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Of, relating to, or constituting a straw man.
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Apparently legitimate but actually intended as a cover for illegal or secret activity.

Set up a straw company to launder money.

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Hollow stalks or stems of grain after threshing, collectively: used for fodder, for bedding, for making hats, etc.
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A single one of such stalks.
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Something, as a hat, made of straw.
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Straw-colored; yellowish.
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Made of straw.
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Of little or no value or significance; worthless; meaningless.
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Of or having to do with a straw vote.

A straw ballot.

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A surname​.
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Straw is defined as hollow stalks of grain, or a tube for sucking up liquid.

An example of straw is the material from which bundles of hay are made.

An example of straw is the tube for drinking a soft drink from a cup.

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The definition of straw is a yellowish color, or made of stocks of grain.

An example of something straw is the color of a blonde's hair.

An example of straw is a hat made of hollow stalks of grain; a straw hat.

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Stalks of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, as into baskets.
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Something, such as a hat or basket, made of straw.
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final
  • The final annoyance or setback, which even though minor makes one no longer able to endure something.
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straw in the wind
  • A slight hint of something to come.
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a straw in the wind
  • an indication of what may happen
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grasp (or clutch or catch) at a straw (or straws)
  • to try any measure, however unlikely, that offers even the slightest hope
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
straw
Plural:
straws

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a straw in the wind
grasp (<i>or</i> clutch <i>or</i> catch) at a straw (<i>or</i> straws)

Origin of straw

  • Middle English from Old English strēaw ster-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From straw

    From Wiktionary