from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing starch.
  • adj. Stiffened with starch.
  • adj. Of or resembling starch.
  • adj. Stiff; formal: "this starchy, old-fashioned hotel room” ( Anne Tyler).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to starch.
  • adj. Containing starch.
  • adj. Pertaining to the quality of fabric starch as applied to fabric; stiff, hard; starched.
  • adj. Pertaining to a similarly starched personality; not cruel, but filled with rectitudinity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to starch.
  • adj. Containing or consisting of starch; -- used especially of foods.
  • adj. Resembling starch; stiff.
  • adj. Stiffened by use of starch; starched{1}; -- of clothing.
  • adj. Formal in manner; precise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stiff; precise; formal in manner.
  • Consisting of starch; resembling starch.
  • Of a powdery texture due to the predominance of starch: said chiefly of the more amylaceous (soft)_wheats: opposed to horny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or containing starch
  • adj. rigidly formal


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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