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starchy

[stahr-chee] /ˈstɑr tʃi/
adjective, starchier, starchiest.
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
2.
containing starch.
3.
stiffened with starch.
4.
stiff and formal, as in manner.
Origin of starchy
1795-1805
1795-1805; starch + -y1
Related forms
starchily, adverb
starchiness, noun
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  • "I do not know where your uncle is," replied Gabriel suddenly, and losing his starchiness.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for starchiness

starchy

/ˈstɑːtʃɪ/
adjective starchier, starchiest
1.
of, relating to, or containing starch: starchy foods
2.
extremely formal, stiff, or conventional: a starchy manner
3.
stiffened with starch
Derived Forms
starchily, adverb
starchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for starchiness

starchy

adj.

1802, from starch + -y (2). Related: Starchily; starchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for starchiness

stand up for someone

verb phrase

To defend and support someone; GO TO BAT FOR someone: Nobody stood up for her, so she had to back off

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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