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Origin and Meaning of Straw

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Straw
To spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow.
noun Straw
  1. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease.
  2. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw .
  3. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle."I set not a straw by thy dreamings." [Chaucer.]

Note: Straw is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, straw-built, straw-crowned, straw-roofed, straw-stuffed, and the like.

Etymology: OE. straw stre stree, AS. streáw, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. strē, D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. strō, Icel. strā, Dan. straa, Sw. strå. √166. See Strew

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
  2. A variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
  3. Material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds
  4. Plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder
  5. Spread by scattering ( ("straw")
  6. Cover or provide with or as if with straw ("cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm")
  7. Of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored

From Middle English stree, from Old English strēaw, from Proto-Germanic *strawą ‘that which is strewn’. Cognate with Dutch stro, Walloon strin, German Stroh, Norwegian and Swedish strå, Albanian strohë (“kennel”).

  1. (countable) A dried stalk of a cereal plant.
  2. (uncountable) Such dried stalks considered collectively.
  3. (countable) A drinking straw.
  4. A pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw.
  5. (figuratively) Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing.

Notable Persons Named Straw

Straw Man is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Straw

Jack Straw is a for Blackburn, Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice, Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal, Secretary of State for Fore. Jack was born on August 3rd, 1946 in Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom.


Ezekiel A. Straw was a senator. He was most prominent from 1872 to 1874. Ezekiel was born on December 30th, 1819 in Salisbury, New Hampshire. He died on October 23rd, 1882.


Ray was born on May 22nd, 1933. He died on May 13th, 2001.


Ross was born in Australia.


Don Straw was a football player. Don was born on November 22nd, 1896 in Detroit. He passed away on July 31st, 1961.


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Popularity of Straw as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Straw U.S.
  White 89.78% 64.26%
  African American 5.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Straw

People with the last name Straw are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Straw

  • How Popular is the name Straw? As a last name Straw was the 8,356th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Straw first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Straw is Thursday, November 26th, 1925.
  • How unique is the name Straw? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Straw. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Straw: Your name in reverse order is Warts. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Awsrt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Straw? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,962 people with the last name Straw.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Straw? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Straw as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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