Definitions for stirstɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stirstɜr(v.; n.)stirred, stir•ring

  1. (v.t.)to agitate (a liquid or other substance) with a continuous or repeated movement of an implement or one's hand.

  2. to set in tremulous, fluttering, or irregular motion.

  3. to affect strongly; excite:

    to stir pity.

  4. to incite, instigate, or prompt (usu. fol. by up):

    likes to stir up trouble.

  5. to move briskly; bestir:

    to stir oneself.

  6. to move, esp. in a slight way:

    not stir a finger to help.

  7. to rouse from inactivity, quiet, contentment, indifference, etc. (usu. fol. by up).

  8. (v.i.)to move, esp. slightly or lightly.

  9. to move around, esp. briskly; be active.

  10. to become active, as from some rousing impulse.

  11. to be emotionally moved.

  12. to be in circulation, current, or afoot.

  13. (n.)the act of stirring or moving.

  14. the sound made by stirring or moving slightly.

  15. a state or occasion of general excitement; commotion.

  16. a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling.

  17. a jog, poke, or thrust.

  18. movement, esp. brisk and busy movement.

Origin of stir:

bef. 900; ME stiren (v.), OE styrian



  1. Slang.prison.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of stir:

1850–55; of obscure orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stir, splash(noun)

    a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event

    "he made a great splash and then disappeared"

  2. stir(noun)

    emotional agitation and excitement

  3. bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, fuss, stir(verb)

    a rapid active commotion

  4. stir(verb)

    move an implement through

    "stir the soup"; "stir my drink"; "stir the soil"

  5. stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)

    move very slightly

    "He shifted in his seat"

  6. stimulate, excite, stir(verb)

    stir feelings in

    "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"

  7. 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"

  8. touch, stir(verb)

    affect emotionally

    "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"

  9. 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"

  10. arouse, stir(verb)

    to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"

  11. stir(verb)

    mix or add by stirring

    "Stir nuts into the dough"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stir(verb)ɜr

    to mix by moving around

    Stir the flour into the mixture.

  2. stirɜr

    to cause to feel an emotion

    a proposal that has stirred anger among the population

  3. stirɜr

    to move slightly

    The girl stirred in her sleep.; The breeze was stirring the flag.

  4. stir(noun)ɜr

    the act of mixing by stirring

    Give the sauce a quick stir.

  5. stirɜr

    a feeling of excitement or strong emotion

    a nude statue that has caused quite a stir


  1. stir(Noun)

    Jail; prison.

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

  2. Origin: From styrian

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stir(verb)

    to change the place of in any manner; to move

  2. Stir(verb)

    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

  3. Stir(verb)

    to bring into debate; to agitate; to moot

  4. Stir(verb)

    to incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite

  5. Stir(verb)

    to move; to change one's position

  6. Stir(verb)

    to be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy one's self

  7. Stir(verb)

    to become the object of notice; to be on foot

  8. Stir(verb)

    to rise, or be up, in the morning

  9. Stir(noun)

    the act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements

  10. Stir(noun)

    public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar

  11. Stir(noun)

    agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions


  1. Stir

    Stir is a St. Louis, Missouri musical group.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stir' in Verbs Frequency: #627

Anagrams of stir

  1. ISTR

  2. TRIS

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.

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