straw
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English strēaw; akin to Old High German strō straw, Old English strewian to strew Date: before 12th century 1. a. stalks of grain after threshing; broadly dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing) b. a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding 2. a dry coarse stem especially of a cereal grass 3. a. (1) something of small worth or significance (2) something too insubstantial to provide support or help in a desperate situation <
clutching at straws
>
b. chaff 2 4. a. something (as a hat) made of straw b. a tube (as of paper, plastic, or glass) for sucking up a beverage • strawy adjective II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. made of straw <
a straw hat
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2. of, relating to, or used for straw <
a straw barn
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3. of the color of straw <
straw hair
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4. of little or no value ; worthless 5. of, relating to, resembling, or being a straw man 6. of, relating to, or concerned with the discovery of preferences by means of a straw vote

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, (of grain after being thrashed) / , , , , , ,


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