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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STARCHED

He wears sandals and has discarded the abomination of starched linen.

His starched collars and got-up shirt-fronts were achievements of character.

The best account we have of the starched ruff is by a man who wrote to abuse it.

Neither it nor any other portion of the child's clothing should be starched.

As well expect a breadth of starched brown holland to nestle.

A mellow, womanly cry of pity came from under the starched coif.

The girls rustled their starched petticoats and nudged one another.

Her starched clothes sounded the same as the rustle of distant hail.

If starched circles are used, they should be left on the cheese.

Dressed indeed she was,—starched and cleaned and combed distressingly.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Old English *stercan (Mercian), *stiercan (West Saxon) "make rigid," found in stercedferhð "fixed, hard, resolute" (related to stearc "stiff"), from Proto-Germanic *starkijanan (cf. German Stärke "strength, starch"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see stark). Related: Starched; starching.

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