Straw v. t. To spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow.
1. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease.
2. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw.
3. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle.
I set not a straw by thy dreamings. --Chaucer.
Note: ☞ Straw is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, straw-built, straw-crowned, straw-roofed, straw-stuffed, and the like.
Man of straw, an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet.
Straw bail, worthless bail, as being given by irresponsible persons. [Colloq. U.S.]
Straw bid, a worthless bid; a bid for a contract which the bidder is unable or unwilling to fulfill. [Colloq. U.S.]
Straw cat Zool., the pampas cat.
Straw color, the color of dry straw, being a delicate yellow.
Straw drain, a drain filled with straw.
Straw plait, or Straw plat, a strip formed by plaiting straws, used for making hats, bonnets, etc.
To be in the straw, to be brought to bed, as a pregnant woman. [Slang]
adj : of a pale yellow color like straw; straw colored
n 1: plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as
2: material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of
stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
[syn: chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, stubble]
3: a yellow tint; yellow diluted with white [syn: pale yellow]
4: a thin paper or plastic tube used to such liquids into the
mouth [syn: drinking straw]
v 1: cover or provide with or as if with straw; "cows were
strawed to weather the snowstorm"
2: spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all
over the carpet" [syn: strew]
Used in brick-making (Ex. 5:7-18). Used figuratively in Job
41:27; Isa. 11:7; 25:10; 65:25.