Stir Definition

stûr
stirred, stirring, stirs
verb
stirred, stirring, stirs
To move, shake, agitate, etc., esp. slightly.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To use an implement to move or rearrange the fuel in (a fire) to increase light or heat.
American Heritage
To be up and about; be busy and active.
Webster's New World
To rouse from sleep, lethargy, indifference, etc.
Webster's New World
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noun
stirs
The act, an instance, or the sound of stirring.
Webster's New World
Movement; activity; agitation.
Webster's New World
A state of excitement; commotion; tumult.
Webster's New World
A prison.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Stir

Noun

Singular:
stir
Plural:
stirs

Origin of Stir

  • Short for Romani stariben, stirapen star variant of astar to seize causative of ast to remain, stop (probably akin to Prakrit atthaï he sits) (from earlier Middle Indic āsthāti he remains) (from Sanskrit ātiṭṭhati he stands by, remains on) (ā- near, to, at) (tiṭṭati, sthā- he stands sthā- in Indo-European roots) Romani -ben n. suff.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English stiren from Old English styrian to excite, agitate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English styrian

    From Wiktionary

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