strew (strews, present participle strewing; past strewed, past participle strewn)
- (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.
- (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. […], (
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- (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.
- French: parsemer, joncher
- German: streuen
- Italian: spargere, disseminare, cospargere, ricoprire
- Portuguese: espalhar, esparramar
- Russian: разбра́сывать
- Spanish: esparcir