(comparative stoorer or more stoor, superlative stoorest or most sto)
From Middle English stoor, stour (“large, powerful”), from Old English stōr (“large, great, strong, violent”), from Proto-Germanic *stōraz, *stōrijaz (“great, big, strong”), from Proto-Indo-European *stār-, *stōr- (“big, thick, old”). Akin to Scots stour (“tall, large, great, stout”), Eastern Frisian stor (“great, many”), Low German stur (“large”), Dutch stoer (“tough, sturdy”), Danish and Swedish stor (“large, great”), Icelandic stór (“large, tall”), Polish stary (“old, ancient”). Compare also steer.
(third-person singular simple present stoors, present participle stooring, simple past and past participle stoored)
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To move; stir.
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To move actively; keep stirring.
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To rise up in clouds, as smoke, dust, etc.
- (UK dialectal) To stir up, as liquor.
- (UK dialectal) To pour; pour leisurely out of any vessel held high.
- (UK dialectal) To sprinkle.
From Middle English storen, *sturien, from Old English *storian, variant of styrian (“to stir, move”), from Proto-Germanic *sturōną (“to turn, disturb”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (“to rotate, twirl, swirl, move”). Cognate with Dutch storen (“to disturb”), Middle Low German stören (“to stir”), German stören (“to disturb”), German dialectal sturen (“to poke, root”). Non-Germanic cognate include Albanian shtir (“to ford, wade across”). See stir.