Definition of starchy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstɑːtʃi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɑːrtʃi//
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  1. 1(of food) containing a lot of starch starchy foods like rice and bread See related entries: Diet
  2. 2(informal, disapproving) (of a person or their behaviour) 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 American Dictionary entry: starchy