• WordNet 3.6
    • v stew cook slowly and for a long time in liquid "Stew the vegetables in wine"
    • v stew bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
    • v stew be in a huff; be silent or sullen
    • n stew food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
    • n stew agitation resulting from active worry "don't get in a stew","he's in a sweat about exams"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To bulk up, rikishi eat huge portions of protein-rich stews called chankonabe, packed with fish or meat and vegetables, plus vast quantities of less healthful foods, including fast food. They often force themselves to eat when they are full, and they have a nap after lunch, thus acquiring flab on top of their strong muscles, which helps to keep their center of gravity low.
    • Stew A brothel; -- usually in the plural. "There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews ."
    • Stew A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stewof pigeons.
    • Stew A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse. "As burning Ætna from his boiling stew Doth belch out flames.""The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any armor, and give themselves to baths and stews ."
    • Stew A prostitute.
    • Stew A small pond or pool where fish are kept for the table; a vivarium.
    • Stew A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a stew .
    • Stew An artificial bed of oysters.
    • v. i Stew To be seethed or cooked in a slow, gentle manner, or in heat and moisture.
    • v. t 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stew A heated room, especially such a room for bathing purposes; a hothouse; a stove.
    • n stew Specifically, a hatters' drying-room.
    • n stew A room; a chamber; a closet.
    • n stew A brothel; a bagnio: often used in the plural, sometimes with the force of a singular noun.
    • n stew A lock hospital. See hospital.
    • n stew A prostitute: sometimes in the plural form with a singular meaning.
    • n stew A close vessel in which something is cooked or stewed; a stew-pot or stew-pan.
    • n stew Food cooked by stewing; especially, meat or fish prepared by slow cooking in a liquid.
    • n stew A state of agitation or ferment; mental disturbance; worry; fuss.
    • stew To bathe, as in a liquid or a vapor-bath.
    • stew Figuratively, to steep.
    • stew To cook (food) by simmering or slowly boiling; prepare by cooking in a liquid kept at the simmering-point: as, to stew meat or fruit; to stew oysters.
    • stew To be cooked by slowly simmering.
    • n stew A pond, usually artificial, used for domestic purposes; especially, a pool or tank in which fish are kept until needed for the table; a vivarium; a stew-pond.
    • n stew A breeding-place for tame pheasants.
    • n stew An artificial bed of oysters: used of the old Roman and also of the modern methods of fattening.
    • n stew Dust; a cloud of dust, smoke, or vapor.
    • stew A Middle English variant of stow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Stew stū to simmer or boil slowly with little moisture
    • v.i Stew to be boiled slowly and gently:
    • n Stew meat stewed: mental agitation: worry: :
    • n Stew stū an artificial oyster-bed: a vivarium.
    • v.i Stew (slang) to be in a state of worry or agitation: to read hard for an examination
    • n Stew (slang) one who reads hard: a room for bathing purposes
    • n Stew (pl.) a brothel
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  • John Barrymore
    “I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o clock in the morning.”
  • Edward Abbey
    Edward Abbey
    “Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.”


Stew in your own juices - If you leave someone to stew in their own juices, you leave them to worry about the consequences of what they have done wrong or badly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stuven, OF. estuver, F. étuver, fr. OF. estuve, F. étuve, 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


In literature:

An oyster stew or broth; clam stew, bouillon and chowder always in the kitchen ready for instant use.
"American Cookery" by Various
A basin of soup-dregs which she brought home two days ago was found to contain a length of stewed string.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Drop these into the pot with the meat and stew water.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
I was quite in the dark as to what a "poke stew" might be.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
I set the stew back to keep it hot.
"Sunny Boy in the Big City" by Ramy Allison White
Wall, I guess this stew is done an' we might as well have breakfast.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Place the lentils and butter with the vegetables, which must be sliced, in a saucepan with the water, and stew gently for one hour.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
Set over boiling water and stew very gently for three hours.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
But they learnt many things in a Dutch oven lent by the missionaries, besides stews.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
When butchering time come, us stewed out the mostest lard and we had enough side-meat to supply the plantation the year round.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

The cowboy said, "That's good enough.
When my belly's full of stew,
We'll bury the old tomahawk
And have a drink or two."
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
“It is fulfilled of precious spice,
Whereof I give the recipe;––
Take common dripping, stew in vice,
And serve with vertu; taste and see!
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Tho' thou shou'dst to the stews, or fair,
The field, or council-room, repair;
Where-e'er the pest shall on thee seize,
That is the place of thy decease.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
Tha thowt tha'd put me in a stew,--
But aw treeat sich like conduct wi' scorn!
But tha didn't fooil me, for aw knew,
Shoo'd black een ivver sin shoo wor born.
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley
Abroad your wounds meet plunder & renown
While infamy pursues your Jarrs in town
Where the whole acts a breach upon ye laws
perhaps a stew ye scene a whore ye cause
"Satyr VII. The Isle Of Wight" by Thomas Parnell
Tho' thou hast 'scap'd from vice's dang'rous snare,
And ne'er didst in Gomorrah's stews appear,
Of sin's assaults in thy own house beware,
When none besides thy bosom-friends are near.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Others, including "All This and Rabbit Stew," took him aback.
Chickpea Stew with Basil Pesto.
Poached Norwegian Salmon with Stewed Vegetables & Cucumber Salad.
Top five qualities of the best green chile stew.
For Christmas Eve dinner, Judith Tirado, Michael Mina's late mother-in-law, always prepared cioppino—the San Francisco seafood stew that owes its origins to fishermen from Italy's Ligurian coast.
Movie Review The Man with the Iron Fists: Kung-fu stew excessively gory.
Cat Cora's Moroccan-spiced stew is a great showcase for farmed catfish or tilapia.
This is a typical fisherman's stew.
Via Big League Stew and BuzzFeed comes news of the most important baseball memorabilia item to hit the market this week.
"I like them better when they are smellier," says our Beijingian guide of the stewed pork intestine.
Harry's markets a range of fresh and prepared foods like soups, chilis, stews, side dishes, entrées, sauces, gravies and desserts.
Stew included 1,000 pounds of fresh seafood.
Biscuit-Topped Chicken and Root Vegetable Stew Recipe.
Biscuit-Topped Chicken and Root Vegetable Stew.
Gordon's Great Escape to India takes him south where he creates this tamarind and lentil vegetable stew.