Etymology
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strew (v.)

Old English strewian, streowian "to scatter," from Proto-Germanic *strawjan- (source also of Old Frisian strewa, Old Saxon strowian, Old Norse stra, Danish strø, Swedish strö, Middle Dutch strowen, Dutch strooien, Old High German strouwen, German streuen, Gothic straujan "to sprinkle, strew"), from suffixed form of PIE root *stere- "to spread." Related: Strewed; strewn; strewing.

updated on April 24, 2017

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Definitions of strew from WordNet

strew (v.)
spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic);
strew toys all over the carpet
Synonyms: straw
strew (v.)
cover; be dispersed over;
Dead bodies strewed the ground
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