See also: Brew


Etymology 1Edit

Middle English brewen, from Old English brēowan, from Proto-West Germanic *breuwan, from Proto-Germanic *brewwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewh₁-.

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/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uː


brew (third-person singular simple present brews, present participle brewing, simple past and past participle brewed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make tea or coffee by mixing tea leaves or coffee beans with hot water.
  2. (transitive) To heat wine, infusing it with spices; to mull.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To make a hot soup by combining ingredients and boiling them in water.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To make beer by steeping a starch source in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast.
  5. (transitive) To foment or prepare, as by brewing
    Synonyms: contrive, plot, hatch
    • 1634, John Milton, Comus, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, London: Humphrey Mosely, 1645, p. 106,[3]
      Hence with thy brew’d inchantments, foul deceiver []
  6. (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
  7. (intransitive, of an unwelcome event) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 5,[5]
      There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
    • 2011 January 11, Jonathan Stevenson, “West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham”, in BBC[6]:
      Grant may have considered that only a performance of the very highest quality could keep him in a job - and the way his players started the game gave the 55-year-old shelter from the storm that was brewing.
  8. (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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Derived termsEdit


brew (plural brews)

  1. 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.
    1. (slang) A single serving (can, bottle, etc.) of beer.
    2. (Britain, slang) A cup of tea.

Etymology 2Edit

Middle English brewe (eyebrow), from Old English bru (eyebrow). Doublet of brow


brew (plural brews)

  1. (Britain, dialect) An overhanging hill or cliff.


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of brewen


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From Proto-Slavic *bry, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃bʰrúHs



brew f

  1. eyebrow


Further readingEdit

  • brew in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • brew in Polish dictionaries at PWN