Cognate with Dutch brouwen, German brauen, Swedish brygga, Norwegian Bokmål brygge; also Ancient Greek φρέαρ (phréar, “well”), Latin fervēre (“to be hot; to burn; to boil”), Old Irish bruth (“violent, boiling heat”), Sanskrit भुर्वन् (bhurván, “motion of water”). It may be related to English barley
- enPR: bro͞o, IPA(key): /bɹuː/
- (Wales) IPA(key): /bɹɪʊ̯/
- Rhymes: -uː
- (transitive, intransitive) To make tea or coffee by mixing tea leaves or coffee beans with hot water.
- (transitive) To heat wine, infusing it with spices; to mull.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make a hot soup by combining ingredients and boiling them in water.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make beer by steeping a starch source in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast.
- (transitive) To foment or prepare, as by brewing
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837, page 106:
- Hence with thy brew’d inchantments, foul deceiver […]
- (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
- (intransitive, of an unwelcome event) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
- (transitive, obsolete) To boil or seethe; to cook.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 6:
- She had one day to get up very early in the morning to brew, when the other servants said to her: 'You had better mind you don't get up too early, and you mustn't put any fire under the copper before two o'clock.'
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brew (plural brews)
- The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage, such as tea or beer.
- 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 529:
- Six great bottles of one of the Hong Kong brews had been brought to wash down the brandy and the fragments of rice and mee and meat-fibres that clung to the back teeth.
brew (plural brews)
- Alternative form of