Definition of rye straw in US English:

rye straw

noun

  • 1The dried stalks or stems of rye.

  • 2A single dried straw or stem of rye. Also figurative: †(a) a weak, insignificant person (obsolete rare); (b) US"not to care (also give) a rye straw for": to care nothing for (now rare).

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Fitzherbert (d. 1531). From rye + straw.

Pronunciation

rye straw

/ˈrʌɪ strɔː/