Stew Definition

sto͝o, styo͝o
stewed, stewing, stews
verb
stewed, stewing, stews
To cook by simmering or boiling slowly for a long time.
Webster's New World
To undergo cooking in this way.
Webster's New World
To be oppressed with heat, crowded conditions, etc.
Webster's New World
To fret, fume, or worry; be vexed or troubled.
Webster's New World
To be in a state of anxiety or agitation.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
  • not care
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noun
Webster's New World
A dish, esp. a mixture of meat and vegetables, cooked by stewing.
Webster's New World
A mixture likened to this dish.
American Heritage
Mental agitation.
In a stew over the lost keys.
American Heritage
A state of vexation or worry.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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Wiktionary
Wiktionary
pronoun

A diminutive of the male given name Stewart.

Wiktionary
idiom
stew in one's own juice
  • to suffer from one's own actions
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Stew

Noun

Singular:
stew
Plural:
stews

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Stew

  • stew in one's own juice

Origin of Stew

  • Middle 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 typhus)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French estuve (modern French étuve), from Medieval Latin stupha, perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek τῦφος (tuphos, “smoke, steam").

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of steward or stewardess.

    From Wiktionary

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