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
  1. verb
    cook slowly and for a long time in liquid
    Stew the vegetables in wine”
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    stew in an earthenware jug
    type of:
    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
  2. verb
    be in a huff; be silent or sullen
    synonyms: brood, grizzle
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    type of:
    brood, pout, sulk
    be in a huff and display one's displeasure
  3. verb
    bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
    synonyms: grudge
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    type of:
    feel bitter or indignant about
  4. noun
    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
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    a particular item of prepared food
  5. noun
    agitation resulting from active worry
    “don't get in a stew
    synonyms: fret, lather, sweat, swither
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    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
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