Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being starchy, or of abounding in starch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being starchy; stiffness in manners; formality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being starchy.

Etymologies

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starchy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Something will go out of the world when that kind of starchiness is lost.

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  • Something will go out of the world when that kind of starchiness is lost.

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  • Something will go out of the world when that kind of starchiness is lost.

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  • Something will go out of the world when that kind of starchiness is lost.

    Imagethief

  • The impression was so strong that the moment I was living seemed to be one with the past and (more bewildered still than I was on the day when I wondered whether I was going to be welcomed by the Princesse de Guermantes or whether everything was going to melt away), I believed that the servant had just opened the window upon the shore and that everything invited me to go downstairs and walk along the sea-wall at high tide; the napkin upon which I was wiping my mouth had exactly the same kind of starchiness as that with which I had attempted with so much difficulty to dry myself before the window the first day of my arrival at Balbec and within the folds of which, now, in that library of the Guermantes mansion, a green-blue ocean spread its plumage like the tail of a peacock.

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  • I find both of these, however, lack the satisfying crunch that makes such a pleasing contrast to the soft, savoury starchiness within – or maybe I'm just nostalgic for the chippie.

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  • "Often frozen peas are better than fresh peas, because they are picked before they have time to go over to starchiness."

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  • I find both of these, however, lack the satisfying crunch that makes such a pleasing contrast to the soft, savoury starchiness within – or maybe I'm just nostalgic for the chippie.

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  • He is growing three varieties that are sweet enough, especially when freshly harvested, but retain a certain appealing starchiness that gives old-time corn its flavor.

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  • She intently examined the thinly sliced potatoes, looking for clues about their starchiness.

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