Stew

Stew

, n. [OE. stue, stuwe, OF. estuve. See Stew, v. t.] 1. A place of stewing or seething; a place where hot bathes are furnished; a hothouse. [Obs.]
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As burning tna from his boiling stew
Doth belch out flames.
Spenser.
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The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any armor, and give themselves to baths and stews.
Abp. Abbot.
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2. A brothel; -- usually in the plural. Bacon. South.
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There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews.
Aschman.
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3. A prostitute. [Obs.] Sir A. Weldon.
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4. A dish prepared by stewing; as, a stewof pigeons.
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5. A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a stew. [Colloq.]
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