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Pronunciation: /stjuː
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: lamb stew [count noun]: add to casseroles, stews, and sauces
More example sentences
  • He lifted up the lid of the pot where lamb stew was simmering.
  • They cooked a thick stew for dinner and had mulled cider.
  • Meat stews are often cooked with fruits such as quince.
Synonyms
2 [in singular] informal A state of great anxiety or agitation: she’s in a right old stew
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  • No wonder they're in a stew - we keep occupying their territory.
  • Consider all the people who sat home in a stew in 1968 rather than vote for Hubert Humphrey.
  • Hadn't they gotten in a stew with her over him in the first place because of that?
Synonyms
agitated, anxious, in a state of nerves, nervous, in a state of agitation, in a panic, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, flustered, flurried, in a pother
informal in a flap, in a state, all of a dither, in a sweat, in a tizz/tizzy, in a tiz-woz, all of a lather, het up, in a twitter
North American informal in a twit
Australian/New Zealand informal toey
dated overstrung
3 archaic A heated public room used for steam baths.
3.1A brothel: the stews of Southwark

verb

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1(With reference to meat, fruit, or other food) cook or be cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: [with object]: beef stewed in wine
More example sentences
  • They can be used in spring salads; and their sweetness can be used to remove sourness from food, particularly fruit, so it is useful to add some when stewing rhubarb or gooseberries.
  • Braising, steaming, poaching, stewing, and microwaving meats minimize the production of these chemicals.
  • The chef swore that he did not add gourmet powder to the soup when we asked how he maintained such tasty flavors after stewing the dish on a fire for at least four hours.
Synonyms
braise, casserole, fricassee, simmer, boil;
jug;
South African smoor
archaic seethe
1.1 [no object] British (Of tea) become strong and bitter with prolonged brewing.
Example sentences
  • The bar attendant lady hesitated not for one second and cheerfully confided that her brew had been stewing for three hours.
2 [no object] informal Remain in a heated or stifling atmosphere: sweaty clothes left to stew in a plastic bag
Synonyms
swelter, be very hot, perspire, sweat
informal roast, bake, be boiling
2.1Worry about something, especially on one’s own: James will be expecting us, so we will let him stew a bit
More example sentences
  • I packed and did laundry and stewed and fussed and worried until 1 a.m. but I think we're back on track.
  • M.L. told one of my favorite stories about herself, of the night when she, pregnant with her third child, stewed and fretted about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • I have quite a bit more to say on this, but I'm gonna let you guys stew for a bit before I continue.
Synonyms
worry, fret, agonize, be anxious, be nervous, be agitated, get in a panic, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought
informal get in a flap, get in a state, get in a tizz/tizzy, get in a tiz-woz, get in a sweat, get steamed up, get in a lather

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'cauldron'): from Old French estuve (related to estuver 'heat in steam'), probably based on Greek tuphos 'smoke, steam'. sense 1 of the noun (mid 18th century) is directly from the verb (dating from late Middle English).

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  • When stew entered the language it referred to a cauldron or large cooking pot, not to what was being cooked in it. The source was Old French estuve, probably based on Greek tuphos ‘smoke or steam’, which is also where the fevers typhus (late 18th century) and typhoid (early 19th century) come from, because they create the kind of stupor that is associated with smoke inhalation. The verb ‘to stew’ originally referred to bathing in a hot bath or steam bath. It was not long before the idea of heating people in a bath had changed to heating food in an oven, specifically cooking a dish of meat and vegetables by simmering it slowly in a closed vessel. Stifle (Late Middle English) probably comes from the same Old French root, and stove (Middle English), originally a ‘sweating room’ in a steam bath, may be related. See also seethe

Phrases

stew in one's own juice

1
informal Be left to suffer the consequences of one’s own actions.
Example sentences
  • Yet, it has to be admitted, on perusing the reports from around the world, that many governments feel little commitment to media freedom - if anything, the opposite - and are more than content to let journalists stew in their own juice.
  • So most people would be better off to save their money and leave the Leftist college teachers to stew in their own juice.
  • I'm even staying in Wil's room, but until you can get your mind out of the gutter and ask me for the whole story, you can just stew in your own juice.

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noun

British
1A pond or large tank for keeping fish for eating.
Example sentences
  • On one of my local stew ponds there is an attitude that if it's not into double figures it ain't worth catching.
  • A tonne of fish is transported from the stews into a system of concrete channels.
  • The quality of the fish is impressive, reared as they are in more sizeable areas than crude stew ponds.
1.1An artificial oyster bed.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French estui, from estoier 'confine'.

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  • When stew entered the language it referred to a cauldron or large cooking pot, not to what was being cooked in it. The source was Old French estuve, probably based on Greek tuphos ‘smoke or steam’, which is also where the fevers typhus (late 18th century) and typhoid (early 19th century) come from, because they create the kind of stupor that is associated with smoke inhalation. The verb ‘to stew’ originally referred to bathing in a hot bath or steam bath. It was not long before the idea of heating people in a bath had changed to heating food in an oven, specifically cooking a dish of meat and vegetables by simmering it slowly in a closed vessel. Stifle (Late Middle English) probably comes from the same Old French root, and stove (Middle English), originally a ‘sweating room’ in a steam bath, may be related. See also seethe

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stew3

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Pronunciation: /stjuː
 
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noun

North American informal
A flight attendant.
Example sentences
  • But I'd be in favor of keeping the present policy of no weapon, period if the stews had access to non-lethal weapons and were trained in their use.
  • The stews might as well have announced this plane is equipped with fore and aft screaming children.

Origin

1970s: abbreviation of stewardess.

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  • When stew entered the language it referred to a cauldron or large cooking pot, not to what was being cooked in it. The source was Old French estuve, probably based on Greek tuphos ‘smoke or steam’, which is also where the fevers typhus (late 18th century) and typhoid (early 19th century) come from, because they create the kind of stupor that is associated with smoke inhalation. The verb ‘to stew’ originally referred to bathing in a hot bath or steam bath. It was not long before the idea of heating people in a bath had changed to heating food in an oven, specifically cooking a dish of meat and vegetables by simmering it slowly in a closed vessel. Stifle (Late Middle English) probably comes from the same Old French root, and stove (Middle English), originally a ‘sweating room’ in a steam bath, may be related. See also seethe

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