• (Australia) IPA: /stʃʉː/
  • (British) IPA: /stjuː/, /stʃuː/
  • (America) enPR: sto͞o, IPA: /stu/

stew (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) A cooking-dish used for boiling; a cauldron. [14th-17thc.]
  2. (now historical) A heated bath-room or steam-room; also, a hot bath. [from 14thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter primum], in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
      And when he came to the chamber there as this lady was the dores of yron vnlocked and vnbolted / And so syr launcelot wente in to the chambre that was as hote as ony stewe / And there syr launcelot toke the fayrest lady by the hand / that euer he sawe / and she was naked as a nedel
  3. (archaic) A brothel. [from 14thc.]
    • 1681, John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
      And rak'd, for converts, even the court and stews.
    • 1835, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Sir James Mackintosh
      Because he was chaste, the precinct of his temple is filled with licensed stews.
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society, 2006, p.37:
      Although whores were permitted to sit at the door of the stew, they could not solicit in any way nor ‘chide or throw stones’ at passers-by.
  4. (obsolete) A prostitute.
    • 1650, Anthony Weldon, The Court and Character of King James I
      But it was so plotted betwixt the Lady, her Husband, and Bristol, that instead of that beauty, he had a notorious Stew sent him, and surely his carriage there was so lascivious...
  5. (uncountable, countable) A dish cooked by stewing. [from 18thc.]
    • 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wordsworth Classics, 1998, p.367:
      I noticed then that there was nothing to drink on the table but brandy, and nothing to eat but salted herrings, and a hot, sickly, highly peppered stew.
  6. (Sussex) A pool in which fish are kept in preparation for eating; a stew pond.
  7. (US, regional) An artificial bed of oysters.
  8. (slang) A state of agitated excitement, worry, and/or confusion.
    to be in a stew
Synonyms Translations Verb

stew (stews, present participle stewing; past and past participle stewed)

  1. (transitive or intransitive or ergative) To cook (food) by slowly boiling or simmering.
    I'm going to stew some meat for the casserole.
    The meat is stewing nicely.
  2. (transitive) To brew (tea) for too long, so that the flavour becomes too strong.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To suffer under uncomfortably hot conditions.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To be in a state of elevated anxiety or anger.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: faire du thé
  • Italian: bollire, preparare il tè
Translations Translations Noun

stew (plural stews)

  1. A steward or stewardess on an airplane.
    • 1975 November 3, Mordecai Richler, "The Perils of Maureen", New York, volume 8, number 44, page 8 :
      And then, working as a stew for American Airlines, Mo met another older man […] .
    • 1991, Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears, 1992 edition, ISBN 0425184226, page 480 :
      " […] We want to know what he's going to be saying on his airplane."
      "I don't have the legs to dress up as a stew, doc. Besides, I never learned to do the tea ceremony, either."
    • 1992 January, Skip Hollandsworth, "Doing the Hustle", Texas Monthly, ISSN 0148-7736, volume 20, issue 1, page 52 :
      Dallas was also becoming known as a "stew zoo" because so many flight attendants were relocating there to work for Southwest, Braniff, and American Airlines.

Proper noun
  1. A male given name

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