Definition of "starchy" [starch•y]

  • Containing starch. (adjective)
  • Stiffened with starch. (adjective)
  • Of or resembling starch. (adjective)
  • Stiff; formal: "this starchy, old-fashioned hotel room” ( Anne Tyler). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "starchy" in a sentence
  • "Luckily the book reminded me of the thickening properties in starchy baking potatoes, and since I already had my food processor out and shredding carrots, I tossed in a leftover raw potato from our bin and added it to the mixture."
  • "On the other hand, obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig — interviewed by Taubes for the Times article – found that mice developed a condition called "fatty liver" when fed a diet high in starchy carbs."
  • "A few nuts, such as the acorn, cocoanut and chestnut, are very rich in starch, and these should be classified as starchy foods."