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stir

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verb \ˈstər\

Definition of stir

stirred

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stirring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause an especially slight movement or change of position of tied so tightly he could scarcely stir a fingerb :  to disturb the quiet of :  agitate —often used with up the bear stirred up the bees

  3. 2a :  to disturb the relative position of the particles or parts of especially by a continued circular movement stirred the paint with a paddle stir the fire —often used with up stirred up mud from the lake bottomb :  to mix by or as if by stirring stir one's coffee —often used with in stir in the spices

  4. 3 :  bestir, exert

  5. 4 :  to bring into notice or debate :  raise —often used with up stir up sensitive issues

  6. 5a :  to rouse to activity :  evoke strong feelings in music that stirs the emotionsb :  to call forth (something, such as a memory) :  evoke stir happy remembrancesc :  provoke stir a storm of controversy —often used with up stir up trouble

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1a :  to make a slight movement The leaves were barely stirring.b :  to begin to move (as in rousing) She heard him stirring in bed.c :  to shift to another location :  budge haven't stirred since I arrived

  9. 2 :  to begin to be active The factory stirred to life.

  10. 3 :  to be active or busy Not a creature was stirring … — Clement Moore

  11. 4 :  to pass an implement through a substance with a circular movement washed the spoon she was stirring with

  12. 5 :  to be able to be stirred Add water until the mixture stirs easily.

stirrer

noun

Examples of stir in a sentence

  1. The cake batter must be stirred for 10 minutes.

  2. Stir one cup of sugar into the batter.

  3. She was stirred from her sleep by the noise.

  4. The breeze stirred the leaves on the tree.

  5. We could see people stirring inside the shop.

  6. A good book can stir the imagination.

Origin and Etymology of stir

Middle English, from Old English styrian; akin to Old High German stōren to scatter


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stir

noun

Definition of stir

  1. 1a :  a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activityb :  widespread notice and discussion :  impression the book caused quite a stir

  2. 2 :  a slight movement

  3. 3 :  a stirring movement

14th Century

First Known Use of stir

14th century


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stir

noun

Definition of stir

slang

  1. :  prison

Origin and Etymology of stir

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1851



STIR Defined for English Language Learners

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stir

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verb \ˈstər\

Definition of stir for English Language Learners

  • : to mix (something) by making circular movements in it with a spoon or similar object

  • : to move or cause (someone or something) to move after being still

  • : to be active or busy


STIR Defined for Kids

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stir

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verb \ˈstər\

Definition of stir for Students

stirred

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stirring

  1. 1 :  to make or cause to make a usually slight movement or change of position She heard the child stir in bed. The breeze stirred the tree's leaves.

  2. 2 :  to make active A good book can stir the imagination.

  3. 3 :  to mix, dissolve, or move about by making a circular movement in He stirred sugar into his coffee. Stir the gravy so it doesn't burn.

  4. 4 :  to cause to arise or take place Don't stir up trouble.


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stir

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Definition of stir for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of upset or activity A stir of excitement swept through the watching animals … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill The whole town is in a stir.

  2. 2 :  a slight movement We heard the stir of leaves in the breeze.

  3. 3 :  the act of making circular movements in Give the sauce a stir.



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