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[stahr-chee] /ˈstɑr tʃi/
adjective, starchier, starchiest.
of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
containing starch.
stiffened with starch.
stiff and formal, as in manner.
Origin of starchy
1795-1805; starch + -y1
Related forms
starchily, adverb
starchiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for starchy
  • Many varieties have textures somewhere between starchy and waxy.
  • The vast bulk of the banana family is made up of the starchy cooking bananas and plantains grown as a staple.
  • The beets add a sweet and sour tang, and the starchy tortilla chips silence the loud flavors.
  • Today in a starchy uniform and creased leather brimmed hat, he struts the bridge.
  • But eat it right away or it'll taste starchy tomorrow.
  • Merchant's commentary on the poets was informal, filled with gentle humor that often played off their starchy oldtime portraits.
  • Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, low energy, and a tendency to crave sweets and starchy foods.
  • And they credit natural selection: more amylase probably conferred a fitness advantage to those who were eating starchy foods.
  • She writes well about her life, offering up the salty, sweet and starchy bits.
  • Kudzu may be starchy but can it be processed in a way to produced oil.
British Dictionary definitions for starchy


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

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

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

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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