Middle English Dictionary Entry

steu(e n.(2)
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) A heated room for a hot-air or steam bath; -- also pl.; a bathhouse; also, a hypocaust [quot. a1387]; ~ hous; (b) a hot-air or steam bath; also, a herbal decoction used in a steam bath or for inhalation; ?also, a hot bath; drie ~, a dry hot-air bath; (c) a small room, closet; also, a heated room; ~ dore; prisoun ~, ?a prison cell [cp. sti n. (d)]; (d) a vapor; (e) suffumigation.
2.
(a) Pl. A brothel; brothels; also, the name of an area in Southwark notorious for its brothels; (b) ~ holdere, a brothel keeper; ~ hous, a brothel.
3.
A caldron, cooking pot; galoun ~, a caldron holding a gallon.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1475 Gilb.Angl.(Wel 537)42/18 : Wormod..betayn..fenel..floris of tyme..muste be soden in wiyn and watir y-medlid togederis..And let him holde his yȝen and his hede ouer þe stewe.
  • a1475 Gilb.Angl.(Wel 537)220/5 : Purge him with a fleumagoge eiþir a malagoge. And aftirward make him a stue of souþerenwode, and wormod, and mugwort.
  • Note: These quots describe herbal decoctions and seem to belong to sense 1.(b), a herbal decoction used for inhalation.--per MLL

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. stew.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(b)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. dry stew.