[ stoo, styoo ]
/ stu, styu /

verb (used with object)

to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. stevenson, robert louis,
  2. stevia,
  3. stevin,
  4. stevin, simon,
  5. stevinus,
  6. stew in one's own juice,
  7. steward,
  8. stewardess,
  9. stewardship,
  10. stewart


    stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.

Origin of stew

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

Synonym study

1. See boil1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stewing

British Dictionary definitions for stewing


/ (stjuː) /



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


/ (stjuː) /

noun British

a fishpond or fishtank
an artificial oyster bed

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
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Idioms and Phrases with stewing


In addition to the idiom beginning with stew

  • stew in one's own juice

also see:

  • in a stew
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