stew

noun (1)
\ ˈstü How to pronounce stew (audio) , ˈstyü \

Definition of stew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : a utensil used for boiling
2 : a hot bath
3a : brothel
b : a district of brothels usually used in plural
4a : fish or meat usually with vegetables prepared by stewing
b(1) : a heterogeneous mixture
(2) : a state of heat and congestion
5 : a state of excitement, worry, or confusion

stew

verb
stewed; stewing; stews

Definition of stew (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to boil slowly or with simmering heat

intransitive verb

1 : to become cooked by stewing
2 : to swelter especially from confinement in a hot or stuffy atmosphere
3 : to be in a state of suppressed agitation, worry, or resentment

stew

noun (2)

Definition of stew (Entry 3 of 3)

Synonyms for stew

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stew in a Sentence

Verb The meat still needs to stew. a can of stewed tomatoes She's been stewing over what he said for days.

First Known Use of stew

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stew

Noun (1)

Middle English stewe heated room for a steam bath, from Anglo-French estuve, from Vulgar Latin *extufa — more at stove

Noun (2)

short for stewardess

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The first known use of stew was in the 13th century

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“Stew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stew. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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stew

noun
\ ˈstü How to pronounce stew (audio) , ˈstyü \

Kids Definition of stew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dish of usually meat with vegetables prepared by slow boiling
2 : a state of excitement, worry, or confusion He got in a stew over nothing.

stew

verb
stewed; stewing

Kids Definition of stew (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to boil slowly : simmer stew tomatoes
2 : to become excited or worried Don't stew over what they said.

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