Definition of starchy in US English:


adjectivestarchier, starchiest

  • 1(of food or diet) containing a relatively high amount of starch.

    • ‘The low-carb Atkins Diet has become so popular in Britain that producers of starchy food are worried.’
    • ‘The Shambaa diet is composed of starchy foods such as rice, maize, and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘However, beware of adding more starchy foods to your diet just because they are ‘low carb.’’
    • ‘This love for raw food has extended well beyond just fruits and vegetables to include meats and starchy foods.’
    • ‘Breads, grains, pastas, processed foods, and starchy foods like potatoes should be minimized.’
    • ‘Your baby's diet should now include plenty of starchy foods and a wide range of fruit and vegetables.’
    • ‘Infection rates could be further reduced by feeding hay, rather than the standard unhealthy starchy grain diet, for seven days prior to slaughter.’
    • ‘So it is crucial to monitor your intake of glucose from starchy foods (bread, rice and potatoes), sugar and other sweet foods.’
    • ‘So include starchy foods like fruit, whole-wheat pasta, potatoes, oatmeal and brown rice in your sleep pantry.’
    • ‘Many women are afraid that if they consume grains and starchy foods, they will gain weight.’
    • ‘Carbohydrates are generally found in starchy foods such as rice, pasta, potatoes, breads, etc.’
    • ‘The sleep-deprived people overwhelmingly asked for candy, starchy foods, and salty snacks such as potato chips.’
    • ‘And what about nutritious foods such as whole grains and fruits, or starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and winter squash - how do they fit into a carb-conscious eating plan?’
    • ‘These standards mean starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta must not be cooked in oil or fat more than three times a week.’
    • ‘Carbohydrate foods such as bread, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables release glucose and stimulate the production of insulin.’
    • ‘In the tropics, you can still find other, less desirable banana varieties, mainly grown as a starchy food staple rather than a sweet treat.’
    • ‘The standards suggest meals contain at least one portion of the following: fruit and vegetables, milk or other dairy item, meat or fish, starchy food such as bread, pasta or rice.’
    • ‘Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.’
    • ‘The modern innovations of the food industry such as starchy grains, which upset our digestive systems and cause us to put on weight, are much more affordable and much more popular.’
    • ‘The Sherpa diet is dominated by starchy foods, supplemented by vegetables, spices, and occasionally meat.’
    substantial, hearty, ample, abundant, solid, nutritious, nourishing, satisfying, square
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  • 2(of clothing) stiff with starch.

    • ‘Dresses also feature in the show, from starchy Victorian frocks to stylish evening numbers, reflecting the changing fashions of the early 20th century.’
    • ‘He was dressed in a very starchy white shirt that seemed two sizes too big and very ugly pants that seemed to be made of burlap.’
    • ‘The typical Utah outfit consists of a starchy white shirt, a pair of pleated khaki pants that hit the leg just above the ankle, a brown belt and brown shoes.’
  • 3informal Very stiff, formal, or prim in manner or character.

    ‘the manager is usually a bit starchy’
    • ‘Capt Osborne, head of military police at Fort Clayton, is put in charge of the case, but she's too uptight and starchy to make a mouse squeal.’
    • ‘It's a bit starchy and formal.’
    • ‘This whole mess is presided over by Anne Robinson, a prim, starchy, offensive Englishwoman who asks the questions while berating the contestants with wooden taunts and denigrating comments.’
    • ‘It's quite a contrast from the stiff upper lip, starchy world of wool huntcoats that I've grown up with.’
    • ‘Devis's group portraits were of a stiff, starchy sort.’
    • ‘British cinema is often seen as a staid and starchy affair, as lacking in feeling as it was in aesthetic passion.’
    • ‘She was just way, way too prim and starchy for me.’
    • ‘Contestants chat in nervous bursts about other quizzes, the way the show works and its starchy dress code.’
    • ‘I was intrigued to read in your autobiography that your relationship with your parents was starchy and formal, while you were close to your grandmother.’
    • ‘Kerry may be highly intelligent, but he is starchy, stiff and emotionally not as skilled.’
    • ‘A dramatization of the life of Soviet artist Vladimir Mayakovsky, The Constructivist Suit is an intriguing if starchy work from writer/director Robert Di Giovanni.’
    • ‘It's something to do with their unforgiving outlook on the world; although, sure, they might like to cut loose once in a while, they're starchy collared conservatives at heart.’
    sedate, respectable, quiet, serious, serious-minded, steady, conventional, traditional, unadventurous, unenterprising, set in one's ways
    staid, sedate, sober, stiff, reserved, impersonal, formal, pompous, prim, priggish, fogeyish, strait-laced, conformist, conventional, conservative, old-fashioned, of the old school
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