Definition of "straw" []

  • Stalks of threshed grain, used as bedding and food for animals, for thatching, and for weaving or braiding, as into baskets. (noun)
  • A single stalk of threshed grain. (noun)
  • Something, such as a hat or basket, made of straw. (noun)
  • A slender tube used for sucking up a liquid. (noun)
  • Something of minimal value or importance. (noun)
  • Stalks of threshed grain, esp of wheat, rye, oats, or barley, used in plaiting hats, baskets, etc, or as fodder (noun)

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.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A single dry or ripened stalk, esp of a grass (noun)
  • A long thin hollow paper or plastic tube or stem of a plant, used for sucking up liquids into the mouth (noun)
  • Anything of little value or importance (noun)
  • A measure or remedy that one turns to in desperation (esp in the phrases clutch or grasp at a straw or straws) (noun)
  • A pale yellow colour (noun)
  • (as adjective) (noun)
  • Having little value or substance (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "straw" in a sentence
  • "I know the difference by knowing my own: in my country, _if the prince says, "Eat straw" we eat straw_. '"
  • "The word straw has often been used to refer to things that are not quite valid or sincere."
  • "Ah, the straw-man or what I dub the straw-horse argument."