- The definition of stew is a state of pouting or agitation, or a hearty meal usually made with broth, meat and vegetables.
- When you do not get a promotion and you sit and sulk about it, this is an example of when you stew about not getting a promotion.
- A rich, hearty meal of veggies, beef and beef stock is an example of a beef stew.
- Stew is defined as cooking meat or veggies in a pan with liquid, or to worry about something on your own, or to remain in a hot, enclosed area.
- When you cook meat and veggies with beef stock for hours in a closed pan, this is an example of when you stew meat.
- When you sit and sulk about not getting a promotion, this is an example of when you stew.
- When your gym clothes sit festering in your damp gym bag, this is an example of when they stew.
Origin of stewMiddle English stuen ; from Middle French estuver, to stew, bathe ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form extufare ; from Classical Latin ex, out + Classical Greek typhos, steam, smoke ; from Indo-European an unverified form dheubh- ; from base an unverified form dheu-, blow, be turbid from source dull
- to undergo cooking in this way
- to be oppressed with heat, crowded conditions, etc.
- to fret, fume, or worry; be vexed or troubled
Origin of stew< obs. sense, “a public room for hot baths” brothel: usually used in pl.
- a dish, esp. a mixture of meat and vegetables, cooked by stewing
- a state of vexation or worry
Origin of stewME stewe < MFr estuve
stew in one's own juice
verbstewed, stew·ing, stews
- To undergo cooking by boiling slowly or simmering.
- Informal To suffer with oppressive heat or stuffy confinement; swelter.
- Informal To be in a state of anxiety or agitation. See Synonyms at boil1.
- a. A dish cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables with stock.b. A mixture likened to this dish.
- Informal Mental agitation: in a stew over the lost keys.
- often stews Archaic A brothel.
Origin of stewMiddle English stewen, to bathe in a steam bath, stew, from Old French estuver, possibly from Vulgar Latin *ext&umacron;pare, *ext&umacron;fare, to bathe, evaporate : Latin ex-, ex- + Vulgar Latin *t&umacron;fus, hot vapor (from Greek t&umacron;phos, fever; see typhus).
(usually uncountable, plural stews)
- (now historical) A heated bath-room or steam-room; also, a hot bath. [from 14th c.]
- (archaic) A brothel. [from 14th c.]
- (uncountable, countable) A dish cooked by stewing. [from 18th c.]
- (Sussex) A pool in which fish are kept in preparation for eating.
- (US, regional) An artificial bed of oysters.
- (slang) A state of agitated excitement, worry, and/or confusion.
- to be in a stew
(third-person singular simple present stews, present participle stewing, simple past and past participle stewed)
- (intransitive or ergative) To cook (food) by slowly boiling or simmering.
- I'm going to stew some meat for the casserole.
- The meat is stewing nicely.
- To brew (tea) for too long, so that the flavour becomes too strong.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To suffer under uncomfortably hot conditions.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To be in a state of elevated anxiety or anger.
Old French estuve (modern French Ã©tuve), from Medieval Latin stupha, perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek Ï„á¿¦Ï†Î¿Ï‚ (tuphos, “smoke, steam").