Definitions for STIRstɜr
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
stirstɜr(v.; n.)stirred, stir•ring
(v.t.)to agitate (a liquid or other substance) with a continuous or repeated movement of an implement or one's hand.
to set in tremulous, fluttering, or irregular motion.
to affect strongly; excite:
to stir pity.
to incite, instigate, or prompt (usu. fol. by up):
likes to stir up trouble.
to move briskly; bestir:
to stir oneself.
to move, esp. in a slight way:
not stir a finger to help.
to rouse from inactivity, quiet, contentment, indifference, etc. (usu. fol. by up).
(v.i.)to move, esp. slightly or lightly.
to move around, esp. briskly; be active.
to become active, as from some rousing impulse.
to be emotionally moved.
to be in circulation, current, or afoot.
(n.)the act of stirring or moving.
the sound made by stirring or moving slightly.
a state or occasion of general excitement; commotion.
a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling.
a jog, poke, or thrust.
movement, esp. brisk and busy movement.
Origin of stir:
bef. 900; ME stiren (v.), OE styrian
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of stir:
1850–55; of obscure orig.
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
"he made a great splash and then disappeared"
emotional agitation and excitement
bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, fuss, stir(verb)
a rapid active commotion
move an implement through
"stir the soup"; "stir my drink"; "stir the soil"
stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)
move very slightly
"He shifted in his seat"
stimulate, excite, stir(verb)
stir feelings in
"stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"
stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir(verb)
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
"These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
"A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth(verb)
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
"raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
mix or add by stirring
"Stir nuts into the dough"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to mix by moving around
Stir the flour into the mixture.
to cause to feel an emotion
a proposal that has stirred anger among the population
to move slightly
The girl stirred in her sleep.; The breeze was stirring the flag.
the act of mixing by stirring
Give the sauce a quick stir.
a feeling of excitement or strong emotion
a nude statue that has caused quite a stir
He's going to spendin' maybe ten years in stir.
Origin: From styrian
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; as, to stir a pudding with a spoon
to bring into debate; to agitate; to moot
to incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite
to move; to change one's position
to be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy one's self
to become the object of notice; to be on foot
to rise, or be up, in the morning
the act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements
public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar
agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions
Translations for STIR
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to cause (a liquid etc) to be mixed especially by the constant circular movement of a spoon etc, in order to mix it
He put sugar and milk into his tea and stirred it; She stirred the sugar into the mixture.
- يُحَرِّك، يَمْزِجArabic
- mexerPortuguese (BR)
- remover, revolverSpanish
- مخلوط كردنFarsi
- maisīt; apmaisītLatvian
- a amestecaRomanian
- röra, vispaSwedish
- 攪動Chinese (Trad.)
- розмішувати; збовтуватиUkrainian
- چمچ سے حل کرناUrdu
- khuấy, quấyVietnamese
- 搅动Chinese (Simp.)
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