Stir meaning

stûr
To change position slightly.

The leaves were stirring in the breeze.

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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.

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To be roused or affected by strong feelings.
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A slight movement.

Slept soundly and barely made a stir.

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To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion.

A breeze stirred the branches.

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To happen or begin.

When the civil rights movement first stirred.

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A stirring, mixing, or poking movement.

Gave the fire a stir.

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An excited reaction or commotion.

The news caused quite a stir in our family.

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Prison.
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To move, shake, agitate, etc., esp. slightly.
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To change the position of slightly; displace.

To stir a log in a fireplace.

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To rouse from sleep, lethargy, indifference, etc.
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To put (oneself, one's limbs, etc.) into motion or activity, esp. briskly.
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To excite the feelings of; move strongly.
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To incite or provoke.

To stir up trouble.

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To evoke, or call up.

To stir memories.

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To move or change position, esp. only slightly.

Not a leaf stirred.

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To be up and about; be busy and active.
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To be taking place, going on, happening, etc.
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To begin to show signs of activity; begin to come to life.
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To impart an agitated motion to a liquid, mixture, etc. as with a spoon.
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To be stirred.

A mixture that stirs easily.

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The act, an instance, or the sound of stirring.
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Movement; activity; agitation.
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A state of excitement; commotion; tumult.
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A prison.
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(dated) To change the place of in any manner; to move.
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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.

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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?

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To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
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To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
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(intransitive) To move; to change one's position.
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(intransitive) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
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(intransitive) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
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(intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
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The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
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Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
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Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
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(slang) Jail; prison.

He's going to spendin' maybe ten years in stir.

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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