: exhibiting activity
streets astir with shoppers
: being out of bed : up
no one was astir

Examples of astir in a Sentence

the mall was astir with throngs of holiday shoppers
Recent Examples on the Web News reporters were astir and skipped this curtain scene. New York Times, 11 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of astir was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

“Astir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astir. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: being in a state of activity : stirring
: being out of bed : up
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