Open Dictionary
mouse here to listen, click to choose/add more
Location: USA
Source: Learn That Word
Profile URL:

Are you a native English speaker? How do you pronounce this word?

Thank you for contributing!
upload mp3 file or record now it's easy, promised!

{%type%} Definitions

WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The quality or state of being stiff or formal.

Usage examples (34)
  • Something will go out of the world when that kind of starchiness is lost.
  • She intently examined the thinly sliced potatoes, looking for clues about their starchiness.
  • The starchiness of her voice concealed the unexpected pleasure she had in remembering the occasion.
  • I didn't much like Gordon's speech at the end -- oh, the clanging of anvils and the starchiness of the words. for more
Tutoring comment

Tutoring comment not yet available...

add more
The Open Dictionary of English is a collaborative project, based on Open Source materials, LearnThat resources, and partner APIs.
We give special thanks to our LearnThat volunteers, as well as Princeton University and Wiktionary for their Open Source word data. We're also grateful for the support given by Google,,, and YouTube,,,,, as well as the generous Creative Commons community.