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Definition of starchy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of food) containing a lot of starch starchy foods like rice and bread
  2. 2(informal) (disapproving) (of a person or their behavior) very formal; not friendly or relaxed My boss has a starchy manner. Museums are trying to shake off their starchy image.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: starchy