Definitions for: Stew


[n] food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
[n] agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
[v] cook slowly and for a long time in liquid; "Stew the vegetables in wine"
[v] bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
[v] be in a huff; be silent or sullen



Webster (1913) Definition: Stew, n. [Cf. Stow.]
1. A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a
vivarium. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Chaucer. Evelyn.

2. An artificial bed of oysters. [Local, U.S.]


Stew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stewed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stewing.] [OE. stuven, OF. estuver, F. ['e]tuver, fr. OF.
estuve, F. ['e]tuve, a sweating house, a room heated for a
bath; probably of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stove. See
Stove, and cf. Stive to stew.]
To boil slowly, or with the simmering or moderate heat; to
seethe; to cook in a little liquid, over a gentle fire,
without boiling; as, to stew meat; to stew oysters; to stew
apples.


Stew, v. i.
To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat
and moisture.


Stew, n. [OE. stue, stuwe, OF. estuve. See Stew, v. t.]
1. A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes
are furnished; a hothouse. [Obs.]

As burning [AE]tna from his boiling stew Doth belch
out flames. --Spenser.

The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any
armor, and give themselves to baths and stews.
--Abp. Abbot.

2. A brothel; -- usually in the plural. --Bacon. South.

There be that hate harlots, and never were at the
stews. --Aschman.

3. A prostitute. [Obs.] --Sir A. Weldon.

4. A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stewof pigeons.

5. A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry;
confusion; as, to be in a stew. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: brood, fret, grizzle, grudge, lather, sulk, sweat, swither

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