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.
Idioms about stew
stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.
- stew·a·ble, adjective
How to use stew in a sentence
It takes no real effort to add another fish fillet or two to a sheet pan to roast, double a stew or soup recipe, or bake an additional couple of sweet potatoes, for example.A crunchy, flavorful salad makes great use of cauliflower or any leftover roasted vegetables | Ellie Krieger | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
If Snoopy was around today, he’d more likely sleep in Charlie Brown’s bed, and dine on organic, cage-free duck stew, served with an herbal supplement to calm his nerves and anxieties.How America’s love for its cats and dogs built the pet industrial complex | Oliver Staley | January 10, 2021 | Quartz
A week’s worth of healthful recipes to jump-start your cooking in the new yearThough this particular iteration of peanut soup was novel to me, groundnut or peanut soups and stews have existed in Africa for generations.This vegan soup gathers greens, grains and peanut butter in one spicy bowl | Aaron Hutcherson | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
I close my eyes, imagining the aromas in the steaming bowl of beef stew I’m going to make my son for dinner.How pregnancy bed rest helped prepare me for life in a pandemic | Aileen Weintraub | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
These are great for enchiladas, pot pies, soups, stews, chicken salad, dumplings — the list goes on.Hints From Heloise: Staples to have on hand in the pantry | Heloise Heloise | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
By stopping and stewing in a perfectly airless state-room 292 I seem to have got rid of the pleurisy.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
They require a great deal of stewing, and should be like marmalade when done.A Poetical Cook-Book | Maria J. Moss
I pictured the group telling stories and roasting apples and stewing grapes and frying oysters over the embers.Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
The paws took longest of all to cook, but, treated to lengthy stewing, they became quite digestible.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
If I sat over my surgery fire all day stewing and fretting, a pretty doctor I should soon become for my patients!The Shadow of Ashlydyat | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for stew (1 of 2)
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 mixture: a 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
British Dictionary definitions for stew (2 of 2)
a fishpond or fishtank
an artificial oyster bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with stew
In addition to the idiom beginning with stew
- stew in one's own juice
- in a stew
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