- 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 extūpāre, *extūfāre to bathe, evaporate Latin ex- ex- Vulgar Latin tūfus hot vapor ( from Greek tūphos 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").