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stew

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stew

  1. 1 a state of nervous or irritated concern <many in town are in a stew about the proposed plan to close at least one of the elementary schools> Synonyms dither, fluster, fuss, huff, lather, pother, fret, sweat, swelter, swivet, tizzy, twitterRelated Words bother, dudgeon, pique; alarm (also alarum), hand-wringing, panic; ado, agitation, delirium, distraction, furor, hysteria, uproar; nervous breakdown

  2. 2 a state of noisy, confused activity <the audience went into a stew when the evacuation order was announced> Synonyms ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother, bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian], disturbance, do [chiefly dialect], foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha (also hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry (or hurry-skurry), kerfuffle [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, commotion, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zooRelated Words cacophony, clamor, din, howl, hue and cry, noise, outcry, racket, roar; disorder, unrest, upheaval; eruption, flare-up, flurry, flutter, outbreak, outburst; brawl, fracas, fray, hassle, melee (also mêlée), scuffle; dither, fever, fret, lather, tizzyNear Antonyms calm, hush, peace, quiet, quietude, rest, stillness, tranquillity (or tranquility); order, orderliness

  3. 3 an unorganized collection or mixture of various things <the documentary looks at the stew of conspiracy theories inspired by the assassination> Synonyms agglomerate, agglomeration, alphabet soup, assortment, botch, clutter, collage, crazy quilt, farrago, gallimaufry, grab bag, gumbo, hash, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, jambalaya, jumble, jungle, litter, macédoine, medley, mélange, menagerie, miscellanea, mishmash, mixed bag, montage, motley, muddle, olio, olla podrida, omnium-gatherum, pastiche, patchwork, patchwork quilt, potpourri, ragbag, ragout, rummage, salad, salmagundi, scramble, shuffle, smorgasbord, miscellany, tumble, variety, welterRelated Words detritus, notions, oddments, odds and ends, sundries; accumulation, aggregate, aggregation, conglomerate, conglomeration; catchall; admixture, alloy, amalgam, blend, combination, commixture, composite, compound, fusion, intermixture, mix-up; bollix, chaos, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, dog's breakfast [chiefly British], mess, morass, muddle, shambles; imbroglio, knot, snarl, tangle

  4. 4 a building in which prostitutes are available <a red-light district full of down and dirty stews> Synonyms bagnio, bawdy house, brothel, cathouse, disorderly house, sporting house, bordello, whorehouseRelated Words call house, crib; massage parlor; harem, seraglio


stew

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stew

  1. 1 to cook in a liquid heated to the point that it gives off steam <stew the chicken till tender, and then remove the meat from the bones> Synonyms coddle, parboil, poach, simmer, boilRelated Words scald; braise, fricassee, pressure-cook, smother, steam; reboil

  2. 2 to experience concern or anxiety <stop stewing over that game and just try to do better next time> Synonyms bother, fear, fret, fuss, worry, stress, sweat, troubleRelated Words agonize; long, pine, yearn; chafe; despairNear Antonyms accept; abide, bear, endure, stick out, stomach, sustain, take, tolerate


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