- 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 in a fireplace
- 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 of stirMiddle 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
Origin of stir19th-c. thieves' slang, probably contr. ; from Romany steripen
Origin of stirShort for Romani stariben, stirapen : star, variant of astar, to seize, causative of ast, to remain, stop (probably akin to Prakrit attha&idie;, he sits, from earlier Middle Indic *asthati, he remains, from Sanskrit ati&slowdot;&tlowdot;hati , he stands by, remains on : a-, near, to, at + ti&slowdot;&tlowdot;ati, stha-, he stands; see stha- in Indo-European roots) + Romani -ben, n. suff.
verbstirred, stir·ring, stirs
- a. To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example), usually in circular motions, so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.b. To use an implement to move or rearrange the fuel in (a fire) to increase light or heat.c. To add or mix in (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture by moving an implement: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.d. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.e. To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents: stirred her spoon in her coffee.
- To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.
- a. To cause to become active; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.b. To excite strong feelings in or rouse, as from indifference: The speaker stirred us to volunteer at the homeless shelter. See Synonyms at provoke.c. To provoke deliberately; incite. Often used with up: stir up trouble.
- To change position slightly: The leaves were stirring in the breeze.
- a. To start to move, especially in rising from sleep: The house was quiet, as no one had stirred yet.b. To move about actively or busily: People were stirring about the office.c. To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.
- a. To stir or mix a liquid or mixture: stood at the counter stirring.b. To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.
- To happen or begin: when the civil rights movement first stirred.
- 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: gave the fire a stir.
- A slight movement: slept soundly and barely made a stir.
- An excited reaction or commotion: The news caused quite a stir in our family.
Origin of stirMiddle English stiren, from Old English styrian, to excite, agitate.
(third-person singular simple present stirs, present participle stirring, simple past and past participle stirred)
- (dated) To change the place of in any manner; to move.
- To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate.
- She stirred the pudding with a spoon.
- To agitate the content of (a container) by passing something through it.
- Would you please stand here and stir this pot so that the chocolate doesn't burn?
- To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
- To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
- (intransitive) To move; to change one's position.
- (intransitive) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
- (intransitive) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
- (intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
- In all transitive senses except the first, stir is often followed by up with an intensive effect; as, to stir up fire; to stir up sedition.
(countable and uncountable, plural stirs)
From Old English styrian
- (slang) Jail; prison.
- He's going to spendin' maybe ten years in stir.