Definition of stewed in US English:



  • 1(of food) cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan.

    ‘stewed apples’
    • ‘The third ingredient is stewed meat, and it is usually served with fried plantain and a salad.’
    • ‘The girls had been up all night cooking macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and stewed pork.’
    • ‘Most of these are boiled, served with some kind of stewed fish or meat, and accompanied by a sauce.’
    • ‘Guests are often given a choice of curry goat and white rice, rice and peas or kidney beans with fried chicken, or stewed chicken or beef for the main course.’
    • ‘A stomach-teasing aroma of stewed food was in the air, and the thrumming of African bass guitar wafted through the open window.’
    • ‘Caroline often felt cold and I advised her to eat more warm, lightly cooked and stewed food which would be easier for the body to digest and to regularly drink tea made with freshly grated ginger.’
    • ‘Firing the stove he placed a pot of water onto the flame and then went into the barrel of salted meat so that he may cook himself a hardy meal of stewed duck with wheat bread.’
    • ‘This is the variant I cooked yesterday… if I'd had them I would have added some sliced parsnip, and it never hurts to throw in a couple of big juicy sliced tomatoes with a stewed beef recipe.’
    • ‘She preserved stewed fruit in jars with screw tops and rubber rings and clips to hold them tight.’
    • ‘Hearty casseroles, chunky soups and old fashioned crumbles and puddings involving stewed pears and syrup become inexplicably appealing.’
    • ‘Around each of the larger dishes were collections of stewed vegetables.’
    • ‘This was served with a dish of stewed potatoes and turnips - a great complement to the flavorful meat, which was rosy and tender in places, wonderfully crispy and smoky in others.’
    • ‘Another house specialty is the sweet stewed apples that give every plate a homey feel.’
    • ‘Rabbit cooked in brown beer with stewed prunes is a regional specialty.’
    • ‘For dessert, many dishes include fried or stewed bananas.’
    • ‘Try stewed or baked fruit served with low fat crème fraiche for desert.’
    • ‘Standard dishes such as stewed beef and home-style bean curd are frequently requested here.’
    • ‘Flummeries are a traditional English pudding made from cereal grain and served with stewed fruit.’
    • ‘It was served in a wine sauce, with a small mound of stewed vegetables and three herbed potato dumplings.’
    • ‘Side dishes range from boiled vegetables with a piece of dried fish to fried and stewed dishes including meat curries.’
    1. 1.1informal predicative Drunk.
      ‘we got stewed at their party’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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    2. 1.2British (of tea) tasting strong and bitter because of prolonged brewing.
      • ‘We never mustered the nerve to tell him how brewed and stewed and foul it really was.’
      • ‘Any profits help rehouse the city's homeless, so you might expect it would be run like a soup kitchen with trestle tables and urns of stewed tea.’
      • ‘They change to the colour of stewed tea to the point where you can't see the bottom in six inches of water.’
      • ‘It seems strange to me, a visitor, that the stewed tea, rigid morals and lurid wallpaper of Fifties England should jump cultures so easily, but why not?’
      • ‘Another substance containing large quantities of tannin is cold, stewed, strong tea.’
      • ‘They made contemptibly lukewarm, stewed tea, not the burning hot, intensely flavoured medicinal liquid that made you gasp as you sipped it.’