strew
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /stɹuː/ 
  • (America) IPA: /stɹu/
Verb

strew (strews, present participle strewing; past strewed, past participle strewn)

  1. (archaic except strewn) To distribute objects or pieces of something over an area, especially in a random manner.
    to strew sand over a floor
    • circa 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act 5, scene 3
      Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew.
    • And strewed his mangled limbs about the field.
    • On a principal table a desk was open and many papers strewn about.
  2. (archaic except strewn) To cover, or lie upon, by having been scattered.
    Leaves strewed the ground.
    • The snow which does the top of Pindus strew.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  3. (transitive, archaic) To spread abroad; to disseminate.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v]:
      She may strew dangerous conjectures.
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