• (America) IPA: /stɑɹtʃ/
  • (British) IPA: /stɑːtʃ/


  1. (uncountable) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
  2. (nutrition, countable) Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
  3. (uncountable) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
  4. (countable) Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

starch (starches, present participle starching; past starched, past participle starched)

  1. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
    She starched her blouses.
Translations Adjective

starch (not comparable)

  1. Stiff; precise; rigid.

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