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stew

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[stoo, styoo]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to undergo cooking by simmering or slow boiling.
  2. Informal. to fret, worry, or fuss: He stewed about his chaotic state of affairs all day.
  3. to feel uncomfortable due to a hot, humid, stuffy atmosphere, as in a closed room; swelter.
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noun
  1. a preparation of meat, fish, or other food cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat and vegetables.
  2. Informal. a state of agitation, uneasiness, or worry.
  3. a brothel; whorehouse.
  4. stews, a neighborhood occupied chiefly by brothels.
  5. Obsolete. a vessel for boiling or stewing.
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Idioms
  1. stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.
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Origin of stew

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1350–1400; Middle English stewen, stuwen to take a sweat bath < Middle French estuver, verbal derivative of estuve sweat room of a bath; see stove1
Related formsstew·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for stew

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5. ragout.

Synonym study

1. See boil1.
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Related Words for stewing

fume, seethe, simmer, boil, fret, pother, cook, chafe, fuss

Examples from the Web for stewing

Historical Examples of stewing

  • They require a great deal of stewing, and should be like a marmalade when done.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • On top of this moodiness a violence of temper, a stewing, cursing, fuming about.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • A lard bucket was his coffee-pot, his stewing kettle, his sour-dough can.

  • It was tough and stringy and required a great deal of stewing.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • Freezing out on the floes; stewing under their roofs of snow.

    Fast in the Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for stewing

stew

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noun
    1. a dish of meat, fish, or other food, cooked by stewing
    2. (as modifier)stew pot
  1. informal a difficult or worrying situation or a troubled state (esp in the phrase in a stew)
  2. a heterogeneous mixturea stew of people of every race
  3. (usually plural) archaic a brothel
  4. obsolete a public room for hot steam baths
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verb
  1. to cook or cause to cook by long slow simmering
  2. (intr) informal to be troubled or agitated
  3. (intr) informal to be oppressed with heat or crowding
  4. to cause (tea) to become bitter or (of tea) to become bitter through infusing for too long
  5. stew in one's own juice to suffer unaided the consequences of one's actions
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Word Origin for stew

C14 stuen to take a very hot bath, from Old French estuver, from Vulgar Latin extūfāre (unattested), from ex- 1 + (unattested) tūfus vapour, from Greek tuphos

stew

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noun British
  1. a fishpond or fishtank
  2. an artificial oyster bed
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Word Origin for stew

C14: from Old French estui, from estoier to shut up, confine, ultimately from Latin studium study
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Word Origin and History for stewing

stew

v.

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.

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stew

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with stewing

stew

In addition to the idiom beginning with stew

  • stew in one's own juice

also see:

  • in a stew
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