Variant of stir
- 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
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