strew

When you strew something, you scatter it all over the place. At a wedding, for example, the flower child's job is to strew the path with petals.

One of the scariest parts of The Wizard of Oz is when the winged monkeys pounce on the Scarecrow and strew his insides all over the forest floor. Strewn is a more common form of the word, as in “after the tornado, the farm was strewn with debris.”

Definitions of strew
  1. verb
    spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)
    strew toys all over the carpet”
    synonyms: straw
    see moresee less
    types:
    bestrew
    cover by strewing
    litter
    make a place messy by strewing garbage around
    type of:
    distribute, spread
    distribute or disperse widely
  2. verb
    cover; be dispersed over
    “Dead bodies strewed the ground”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
Word Family