bestrew

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • bestrow
  • bestraw (obsolete)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian (to bestrew, besprinkle), equivalent to be- +‎ strew. Cognate with Dutch bestrooien (to sprinkle, bestrew), German bestreuen (to sprinkle, cover), Swedish beströ (to strew, sprinkle, scatter).

VerbEdit

bestrew (third-person singular simple present bestrews, present participle bestrewing, simple past bestrewed, past participle bestrewn)

  1. (transitive) To strew or scatter about; throw or drop here and there.
  2. (transitive) To strew anything upon; strew over or about; cover or partially cover with things strewn; cover with straw or strewing.

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Last modified on 19 April 2014, at 13:01