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.]
As burning tna from his boiling stewSpenser.
Doth belch out flames.
The Lydians were inhibited by Cyrus to use any armor, and give themselves to baths and stews.Abp. Abbot.
2. A brothel; -- usually in the plural.
There be that hate harlots, and never were at the stews.Aschman.
3. A prostitute.
Sir A. Weldon.
4. A dish prepared by stewing; as, a
5. A state of agitating excitement; a state of worry; confusion; as, to be in a
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