- Stir is defined as to slowly mix something in order to blend it or to suddenly put a body in motion.
- An example of stir is to mix ingredients into a batter for a cake.
- An example of stir is get up after a long sleep.
- to move, shake, agitate, etc., esp. slightly
- to change the position of slightly; displace: to stir a log
- to rouse from sleep, lethargy, indifference, etc.
- to put (oneself, one's limbs, etc.) into motion or activity, esp. briskly
- to move an implement, the hand, etc. through (a liquid or loose substance) with an agitated motion so that the particles change position with relation to one another
- to mix by or as by imparting such a motion to
- to excite the feelings of; move strongly
- to incite or provoke: often with up: to stir up trouble
- to evoke, or call up: to stir memories
Origin: Middle English stirien from Old English styrian: see storm
- to move or change position, esp. only slightly: not a leaf stirred
- to be up and about; be busy and active
- to be taking place, going on, happening, etc.
- to begin to show signs of activity; begin to come to life
- to impart an agitated motion to a liquid, mixture, etc. as with a spoon
- to be stirred: a mixture that stirs easily
- the act, an instance, or the sound of stirring
- movement; activity; agitation
- a state of excitement; commotion; tumult
- stirrer noun
Origin: 19th-c. thieves' slang, probably contr. from Romany steripen
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verb stirred stirred, stir·ring, stirs verb, transitive
- a. To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example) in circular motions so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.b. To introduce (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.c. To mix together the ingredients of before cooking or use: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.
- To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.
- To prod into brisk or vigorous action; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.
- a. To rouse, as from indifference, and prompt to action. See Synonyms at provoke.b. To provoke deliberately: stirred by trouble.
- To excite strong feelings in.
- To change position slightly: The dog stirred in its sleep.
- a. To move about actively; bestir oneself.b. To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.
- To take place; happen.
- To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.
- To be roused or affected by strong feelings: “His wrath so stirred within him, that he could have struck him dead” (Charles Dickens).
- A stirring, mixing, or poking movement.
- A slight movement.
- A disturbance or commotion.
- An excited reaction; a ferment.
Origin: Middle English stiren, from Old English styrian, to excite, agitate.
- stirˈrer noun
Origin: Origin unknown.