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starchy

[stahr-chee] /ˈstɑr tʃi/
adjective, starchier, starchiest.
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of starch.
2.
containing starch.
3.
stiffened with starch.
4.
stiff and formal, as in manner.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; starch + -y1
Related forms
starchily, adverb
starchiness, noun
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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

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 starchy
adj.

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

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

starchy

adjective

Very stiff or formal in behavior; conventional (1823+)


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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