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