starchy starch"y (-[y^]), a. 1. Of or pertaining to starch. [PJC]

2. Containing or consisting of starch; -- used especially of foods. [PJC]

3. Resembling starch; stiff. [1913 Webster]

4. Stiffened by use of starch; starched[1]; -- of clothing. [PJC]

5. Formal in manner; precise.

Syn: starch. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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