Definition of stew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//stjuː//
; NAmE NAmE//stuː//
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  • [uncountable, countable] a dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a container that has a lid beef stew and dumplings I'm making a stew for lunch.
  • Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘cauldron’): from Old French estuve (related to estuver ‘heat in steam’), probably based on Greek tuphos ‘smoke, steam’. The noun sense (mid 18th cent.) is directly from the verb (dating from late Middle English).Idioms
    get (yourself)/be in a stew (about/over something)
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    (informal) to become/feel very anxious or upset about something There’s no point getting in a stew about it.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stew