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stewed

[stood, styood] /stud, styud/
adjective
1.
cooked by simmering or slow boiling, as food.
2.
Slang. intoxicated; drunk.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see stew1, -ed2
Related forms
unstewed, adjective

stew1

[stoo, styoo] /stu, styu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.
verb (used without object)
2.
to undergo cooking by simmering or slow boiling.
3.
Informal. to fret, worry, or fuss:
He stewed about his chaotic state of affairs all day.
4.
to feel uncomfortable due to a hot, humid, stuffy atmosphere, as in a closed room; swelter.
noun
5.
a preparation of meat, fish, or other food cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat and vegetables.
6.
Informal. a state of agitation, uneasiness, or worry.
7.
a brothel; whorehouse.
8.
stews, a neighborhood occupied chiefly by brothels.
9.
Obsolete. a vessel for boiling or stewing.
Idioms
10.
stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English stewen, stuwen to take a sweat bath < Middle French estuver, verbal derivative of estuve sweat room of a bath; see stove1
Related forms
stewable, adjective
Synonyms
1. See boil1 . 5. ragout.
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Examples from the web for stewed
  • She is fixing the usual breakfast of stewed berries, boiled reindeer meat, and bread.
  • Make a large indentation with a soup ladle or large spoon and pour stewed salt fish with lots of gravy in the center.
  • The best way to determine when long-braised, stewed, or poached meat is done is to stick a knife or skewer into the meat.
  • Especially is the fish good, and the artichokes, and the stewed lettuce.
  • He demolished a tall heap of pale mashed turnips, and a hill of stewed yellow pumpkin.
  • Mix one cup highly seasoned chicken stock with three-fourths cup stewed and strained tomato, and heat to boiling-point.
  • Add gradually one and one-half cups stock or water, or half stock and half stewed and strained tomatoes.
  • As his tastes matured, he became fond of stewed and scalloped oysters.
  • Foods are roasted, grilled or stewed and only fresh ingredients from the region are used.
  • Beef bourguignon, which is beef stewed in red wine, is the region's signature dish.
British Dictionary definitions for stewed

stewed

/stjuːd/
adjective
1.
(of meat, fruit, etc) cooked by stewing
2.
(Brit) (of tea) having a bitter taste through having been left to infuse for too long
3.
a slang word for drunk (sense 1)

stew1

/stjuː/
noun
1.
  1. a dish of meat, fish, or other food, cooked by stewing
  2. (as modifier): stew pot
2.
(informal) a difficult or worrying situation or a troubled state (esp in the phrase in a stew)
3.
a heterogeneous mixture: a stew of people of every race
4.
(usually pl) (archaic) a brothel
5.
(obsolete) a public room for hot steam baths
verb
6.
to cook or cause to cook by long slow simmering
7.
(intransitive) (informal) to be troubled or agitated
8.
(intransitive) (informal) to be oppressed with heat or crowding
9.
to cause (tea) to become bitter or (of tea) to become bitter through infusing for too long
10.
stew in one's own juice, to suffer unaided the consequences of one's actions
Word Origin
C14 stuen to take a very hot bath, from Old French estuver, from Vulgar Latin extūfāre (unattested), from ex-1 + (unattested) tūfus vapour, from Greek tuphos

stew2

/stjuː/
noun (Brit)
1.
a fishpond or fishtank
2.
an artificial oyster bed
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estui, from estoier to shut up, confine, ultimately from Latin studiumstudy
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Word Origin and History for stewed

stew

v.

c.1400, "to bathe in a steam bath," from Old French estuver (French étuver) "bathe, stew," of uncertain origin. Common Romanic (cf. Spanish estufar, Italian stufare), possibly from Vulgar Latin *extufare "evaporate," from ex- "out" + *tufus "vapor, steam," from Greek typhos "smoke." Cf. Old English stuf-bæþ "hot-air bath;" see stove. Meaning "to boil slowly, to cook meat by simmering it in liquid" is attested from early 15c. The meaning "to be left to the consequences of one's actions" is from 1650s, from figurative expression to stew in one's own juices. Slang stewed "drunk" first attested 1737.

n.

c.1300, "vessel for cooking," from stew (v.). Later "heated room" (late 14c.). The noun meaning "stewed meat with vegetables" is first recorded 1756; Irish stew is attested from 1814. The obsolete slang meaning "brothel" (mid-14c., usually plural, stews) is from an earlier sense of "public bath house," carried over from Old French and reflecting the reputation of such houses.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stewed

stewor stewie

noun

An airline cabin attendant, esp a female one: Aeroflot personnel, beefy pilots and no-nonsense stewies (1970+)


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Idioms and Phrases with stewed

stew

In addition to the idiom beginning with stew also see: in a stew
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Encyclopedia Article for stewed

stew

dish of meat, poultry, or fish, usually with vegetables, cooked in liquid in a closed vessel over low heat. Prepared properly, the stew never boils, but simmers at about 190 F (88 C), a process that tenderizes tougher foods and mingles flavours. Meats to be stewed are cut in cubes, fowls are jointed, and fish is cut in steaks or chunks. For brown stews, the meat pieces (and sometimes a portion of the vegetables) are seared in hot fat before the liquid is added. Poultry is often cooked a blanc, without browning, as are delicate veal and lamb stews. Root vegetables (carrots, onions, turnips, parsnips, and potatoes), tomatoes, and celery are commonly added to stews. The sauce that develops as the dish cooks may be thickened by pureeing the vegetables or by incorporating flour or egg yolks.

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