To stew is to slowly cook food, which results in a soup-like food called a stew. To stew also means to brood angrily.

If you cook something slowly, like beef or vegetables, you stew it. The result of stewing is also called stew, which is usually chunky, like a thick soup. People can stew in another way when it comes to emotions. If your sister sits and worries about something, she stews. The root of stew is the Old French estuver, "bathe or stew." Back in the fourteenth century, stew was also a slang word meaning "brothel or bath house."

Definitions of stew

v cook slowly and for a long time in liquid

Stew the vegetables in wine”
stew in an earthenware jug
Type of:
transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

v be in a huff; be silent or sullen

brood, grizzle
Type of:
brood, pout, sulk
be in a huff and display one's displeasure

v bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings

Type of:
feel bitter or indignant about

n food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables

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a stew of vegetables and (sometimes) meat
a Polish stew of cabbage and meat
Brunswick stew
spicy southern specialty: chicken (or small game) with corn and tomatoes and lima beans and okra and onions and potatoes
thick spicy stew of whatever meat and whatever vegetables are available; southern United States
Spanish burgoo, olla podrida
Spanish version of burgoo
Irish burgoo, mulligan, mulligan stew
Irish version of burgoo
chicken purloo, poilu, purloo
thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.
Hungarian goulash, goulash, gulyas
a rich meat stew highly seasoned with paprika
a stew (or thick soup) made with meat and vegetables
hot pot, hotpot
a stew of meat and potatoes cooked in a tightly covered pot
Irish stew
meat (especially mutton) stewed with potatoes and onions
oyster stew
oysters in cream
lobster stew
diced lobster meat in milk or cream
lobscouse, lobscuse, scouse
a stew of meat and vegetables and hardtack that is eaten by sailors
fish stew
a stew made with fish
pieces of chicken or other meat stewed in gravy with e.g. carrots and onions and served with noodles or dumplings
beef stew
a stew made with beef
well-seasoned stew of meat and vegetables
a vegetable stew; usually made with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion, and seasonings
traditional French stew of vegetables and beef
a thin stew of meat and vegetables
beef goulash
meat is browned before stewing
pork-and-veal goulash
made with sauerkraut and caraway seeds and served with sour cream
made of lamb or pork
highly seasoned Mediterranean soup or stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish with tomatoes and onions or leeks and seasoned with saffron and garlic and herbs
highly seasoned soup or stew made of freshwater fishes (eel, carp, perch) with wine and stock
chicken stew
a stew made with chicken
turkey stew
a stew made with turkey
ragout of game in a rich sauce
Type of:
a particular item of prepared food

n agitation resulting from active worry

“don't get in a stew
fret, lather, sweat, swither
Type of:
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

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