- cooked by simmering or slow boiling, as food.
- Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
Origin of stewed
- to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.
- to undergo cooking by simmering or slow boiling.
- Informal. to fret, worry, or fuss: He stewed about his chaotic state of affairs all day.
- to feel uncomfortable due to a hot, humid, stuffy atmosphere, as in a closed room; swelter.
- a preparation of meat, fish, or other food cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat and vegetables.
- Informal. a state of agitation, uneasiness, or worry.
- a brothel; whorehouse.
- stews, a neighborhood occupied chiefly by brothels.
- Obsolete. a vessel for boiling or stewing.
- stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.
Origin of stew1
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Examples from the Web for stewed
The stewed cabbage is insanely tender, vegetable-sweet, and more luxurious than cabbage has a right to be.The Heart and Soul (Food) of Orlando
Jane & Michael Stern
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Stewed apples, dusted with cinnamon, are an ideal companion to spicy food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
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The savory smell of stewed meat drifts through the cold air.A Dickensian Christmas For Greece’s New Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 22, 2013
For Stewed Brussels Sprouts Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and place a bowl of ice water to the side.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook
October 15, 2013
The rhino beetle—fried, stewed, grilled, or roasted—is high in calcium and protein.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects
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Put the oysters upon it with the liquor in which they were stewed.
Fresh pork may be stewed in this manner, or with sweet potatoes.
A cold duck that has been under-done may be stewed in this manner.
Pigeons may be split and broiled, like chickens; also stewed or fricasseed.
Send it to table with all the bread and the herbs that were stewed in it.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
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- (of meat, fruit, etc) cooked by stewing
- British (of tea) having a bitter taste through having been left to infuse for too long
- a slang word for drunk (def. 1)
- a dish of meat, fish, or other food, cooked by stewing
- (as modifier)stew pot
- informal a difficult or worrying situation or a troubled state (esp in the phrase in a stew)
- a heterogeneous mixturea stew of people of every race
- (usually plural) archaic a brothel
- obsolete a public room for hot steam baths
- to cook or cause to cook by long slow simmering
- (intr) informal to be troubled or agitated
- (intr) informal to be oppressed with heat or crowding
- to cause (tea) to become bitter or (of tea) to become bitter through infusing for too long
- stew in one's own juice to suffer unaided the consequences of one's actions
- a fishpond or fishtank
- an artificial oyster bed
Word Origin and History for stewed
c.1400, "to bathe in a steam bath," from Old French estuver (French étuver) "bathe, stew," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish estufar, Italian stufare), possibly from Vulgar Latin *extufare "evaporate," from ex- "out" + *tufus "vapor, steam," from Greek typhos "smoke." Cf. Old English stuf-bæþ "hot-air bath;" see stove. Meaning "to boil slowly, to cook meat by simmering it in liquid" is attested from early 15c. The meaning "to be left to the consequences of one's actions" is from 1650s, from figurative expression to stew in one's own juices. Slang stewed "drunk" first attested 1737.
c.1300, "vessel for cooking," from stew (v.). Later "heated room" (late 14c.). The noun meaning "stewed meat with vegetables" is first recorded 1756; Irish stew is attested from 1814. The obsolete slang meaning "brothel" (mid-14c., usually plural, stews) is from an earlier sense of "public bath house," carried over from Old French and reflecting the reputation of such houses.