strew Definition

  • 1scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area
  • 2cover (a surface or area) with untidy scattering or spreading of things

Using strew: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "strew" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The wind had strewed the papers all over the room.

  • Example

    She strewed rose petals on the bed.

  • Example

    The path was strewn with fallen leaves.

strew Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for strew

Phrases with strew

  • strew one's ashes

    scatter one's cremated remains in a particular place


    After he passed away, his family strewed his ashes in the ocean.

  • cover a surface with roses


    The bride and groom walked down the aisle, which was strewn with roses.

  • strew with obstacles

    make a situation more difficult by adding obstacles


    The negotiations were already difficult, but the other party strewed it with more obstacles.

Origins of strew

from Old English 'strēowian', meaning 'to scatter'


Summary: strew in Brief

The verb 'strew' [stroo] means to scatter or spread things untidily over a surface or area. It can also mean to cover a surface with an untidy scattering of things. Examples include 'She strewed rose petals on the bed' and 'The path was strewn with fallen leaves.' 'Strew' is often used in phrases like 'strew one's ashes' and 'strew with obstacles.'