Meaning of stirred

Meaning of stirred DEFAULT



verb (used with object),stirred,stir·ring.

to move one's hand or an implement continuously or repeatedly through (a liquid or other substance) in order to cool, mix, agitate, dissolve, etc., any or all of the component parts: to stir one's coffee with a spoon.

to set in tremulous, fluttering, or irregular motion: A soft breeze stirred the leaves.

to affect strongly; excite: to stir pity; to stir one's heart.

to incite, instigate, or prompt (usually followed by up): to stir up a people to rebellion.

to move briskly; bestir: to stir oneself.

to move, especially in a slight way: He would not stir a finger to help them.

to rouse from inactivity, quiet, contentment, indifference, etc. (usually followed by up): to stir up his potential.

to bring up for notice or discussion.

to disturb; trouble.

verb (used without object),stirred,stir·ring.

to move, especially slightly or lightly: Not a leaf stirred.

to move around, especially briskly; be active: Everyone in the house was stirring.

to become active, as from some rousing or quickening impulse.

to be emotionally moved or strongly affected.

to be in circulation, current, or afoot: Is there any news stirring?


the act of stirring or moving.

the sound made by stirring or moving slightly.

a state or occasion of general excitement; commotion: The news created a stir.

a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling: a stir of hope.

a jog, poke, or thrust: He gave the refuse a stir with his foot.

movement, especially brisk and busy movement: There was too much clamor and stir for her.



4rouse, foment, arouse, provoke, stimulate, goad, spur.

17fuss, pother, agitation, disorder, uproar.


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Origin of stir


First recorded before 900; Middle English verb stiren, Old English styrian; cognate with German stören “to disturb, interrupt”; akin to Old Norse styrr “disturbance, brawl”; see storm

synonym study for stir

17. See ado.




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Origin of stir


1850–55; argot word of obscure origin; compare earlier argot start in same sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to stir

uproar, fuss, furor, disturb, whisk, beat, mix, shake, blend, whip, rouse, arouse, inspire, energize, whip up, inflame, trigger, galvanize, affect, kindle

How to use stir in a sentence

  • Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until smooth.

    If loving a piping hot chocolate lava cake is wrong, I don’t want to be right|Becky Krystal|February 4, 2021|Washington Post

  • Give the vinegar-water a stir and then sprinkle 1⁄4 cup of it, 1 tablespoon at a time, over the flour mixture, scraping the bowl and folding in the flour while shaking the bowl between additions.

    The Salted Honey Chess Pie the Grey’s Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano Freak Out Over|Monica Burton|January 12, 2021|Eater

  • It caused a big stir, but then nothing much seemed to happen.

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  • She caused a stir in 2017, when she invoked her brother on a trip to China to pitch potential investors for a Kushner Companies development in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too.|by Heather Vogell|October 1, 2020|ProPublica

  • The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.

    U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years|Shane Harris|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Rather, all of the manufactured antibodies are all stirred up but have nowhere to go.

    When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • And there is no doubt, too, that its legacy will be marred by the controversy it stirred, both on and off screen.

    'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Cosby would offer them a drink, and then wait until the effects of whatever undisclosed substance he had stirred in took hold.

    The Bill Cosby Controversy Stages of Grief|Amy Zimmerman|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The timing of the violence against the students has particular resonance and has stirred public sentiment.

    Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre|Jason McGahan|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.

    The Red Year|Louis Tracy

  • Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself To-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.

    The Wave|Algernon Blackwood

  • When the smoke and dust cleared away nothing stirred on the whole of that piece of ground.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton

  • She spoke with such a serious, tender grace, that Gordon seemed stirred to his depths again.

    Confidence|Henry James

  • He was a very dignified man, and his manner was nearly always calm, no matter how stirred up he might have felt in his mind.

    Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike

British Dictionary definitions for stir (1 of 3)

verbstirs, stirringorstirred

to move an implement such as a spoon around in (a liquid) so as to mix up the constituentsshe stirred the porridge

to change or cause to change position; disturb or be disturbedhe stirred in his sleep

(intr often foll by from) to venture or depart (from one's usual or preferred place)he won't stir from the fireside

(intr)to be active after a rest; be up and about

(tr)to excite or stimulate, esp emotionally

to move (oneself) briskly or vigorously; exert (oneself)

(tr)to rouse or awakento stir someone from sleep; to stir memories

informal (when tr, foll by up) to cause or incite others to cause (trouble, arguments, etc)

stir one's stumpsinformalto move or become active


the act or an instance of stirring or the state of being stirred

a strong reaction, esp of excitementhis publication caused a stir

a slight movement

NZinformala noisy party

See also stir up

Derived forms of stir

stirrable, adjective

Word Origin for stir

Old English styrian; related to Middle High German stürn to poke, stir, Norwegian styrja to cause a commotion; see storm, sturgeon

British Dictionary definitions for stir (2 of 3)


a slang word for prisonin stir

Word Origin for stir

C19: perhaps from Romany stariben prison

British Dictionary definitions for stir (3 of 3)

abbreviation for


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Other Idioms and Phrases with stir

In addition to the idioms beginning with stir

  • stir up
  • stir up a hornets' nest

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stir 1


v.stirred, stir·ring, stirs

a. To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example), usually in circular motions, so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.

b. To use an implement to move or rearrange the fuel in (a fire) to increase light or heat.

c. To add or mix in (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture by moving an implement: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.

d. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.

e. To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents: stirred her spoon in her coffee.

2. To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.


a. To cause to become active; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.

b. To excite strong feelings in or rouse, as from indifference: The speaker stirred us to volunteer at the homeless shelter. See Synonyms at provoke.

c. To provoke deliberately; incite. Often used with up: stir up trouble.


1. To change position slightly: The leaves were stirring in the breeze.


a. To start to move, especially in rising from sleep: The house was quiet, as no one had stirred yet.

b. To move about actively or busily: People were stirring about the office.

c. To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.


a. To stir or mix a liquid or mixture: stood at the counter stirring.

b. To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.

4. To happen or begin: when the civil rights movement first stirred.

5. To be roused or affected by strong feelings: "His wrath so stirred within him, that he could have struck him dead"(Charles Dickens).


1. A stirring, mixing, or poking movement: gave the fire a stir.

2. A slight movement: slept soundly and barely made a stir.

3. An excited reaction or commotion: The news caused quite a stir in our family.

[Middle English stiren, from Old English styrian, to excite, agitate.]

stir′rer n.

stir 2


[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 ātiṣṭhati , he stands by, remains on : ā-, near, to, at + tiṣṭati, sthā-, he stands; see sthā- in Indo-European roots) + Romani -ben, n. suff.]

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Adj.1.stirred - being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion; "too moved to speak"; "very touched by the stranger's kindness"

moved, touched, affected

affected - acted upon; influenced

emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"

2.stirred - emotionally arousedstirred - emotionally aroused      

stimulated, stirred up, aroused

excited - in an aroused state

3.stirred - set into a usually circular motion in order to mix or blend

agitated - physically disturbed or set in motion; "the agitated mixture foamed and bubbled"

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Main meanings of stir in English

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Pronunciation /stəː/

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verbverb stirs, verb stirring, verb stirred

  • 1with objectMove a spoon or other implement round in (a liquid or other substance) in order to mix it thoroughly.

    ‘Desmond stirred his tea and ate a biscuit’

    • ‘pour in the cream and stir well’
    • ‘I raised an eyebrow, grabbing a wooden spoon to stir the thickening tomato sauce.’
    • ‘Serena picked up a spoon and stirred the froth on her coffee.’
    • ‘Pour in the wine and stir the rice until the liquid bubbles away.’
    • ‘I set down the wooden spoon I'd been stirring the hot chocolate with.’
    • ‘The drink was stirred with the spoon and then sipped and savored.’
    • ‘The external water was thoroughly stirred with a pipette for 15 s and the additional fluorescent intensity was measured.’
    • ‘Once added, stir the rice until it's coated with the liquid from the chicken mixture.’
    • ‘Stand the saucepan in a larger pan of hot water over a medium heat, stirring the mixture until it turns clear.’
    • ‘He watched in silence as the aficionado sniffed the paprika bouquet and stirred the velvety stew with his spoon.’
    • ‘Then place the pan over a very low heat and stir the cheese until melted.’
    • ‘As we ate, she'd occasionally return to stir the stuff until the smell overwhelmed us and we attacked.’
    • ‘Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture until it resembles cake frosting.’
    • ‘When you are ready to eat, stir the maple syrup sauce, and spoon some of it over the apple snow.’
    • ‘They took turns stirring the mixture until it seemed to be ready.’
    • ‘The mixture was stirred until the solutions turned colorless.’
    • ‘‘I was stirring my tea, and the spoon got hot in my hand,’ he says.’
    • ‘During the ceremony sugar crystals and water are stirred in a steel bowl with a Kirpan before the initiate drinks the mixture.’
    • ‘His left hand was stirring his food with his spoon.’
    • ‘For the sauce, stir the remaining ingredients together and season to taste with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘All three are concentrating hard on stirring their biscuit mixture while their helper urges them on.’
    1. 1.1stir something in/intoMix an ingredient into (a liquid or other substance) by moving a spoon or other implement round and round.

      ‘stir in the flour and cook gently for two minutes’

      • ‘He took the dish off the plate and began pouring it generously into the dark liquid, stirring the spirals into the tea with a small silver spoon.’
      • ‘Mix the extra ingredients together in a bowl, stir the sifted flour into the mixture then add cream and milk.’
      • ‘He took his spoon and stirred a sugar packet into his coffee.’
      • ‘I nodded slightly and stirred some sugar into my iced tea with a straw.’
      • ‘Now add the fruit juice slowly, again stirring it in as you go.’
      • ‘Cut the mushrooms in quarters and stir them in with the onions, letting it all cook until it's silky soft, yet barely coloured.’
      • ‘Combine lightly with a fork, and then tip in the whole nuts and stir them in.’
      • ‘Mix in the juniper and seasoning and stir the meat and liquid into the vegetables.’
      • ‘So shelve that sugar and stir honey crystals into your brownie batter instead.’
      • ‘In a large mixing bowl, stir the powdered sugar and vanilla extract into the Devonshire cream.’
  • 2Move or cause to move slightly.

    no object‘nothing stirred except the wind’

    • ‘a gentle breeze stirred the leaves’
    • ‘The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.’

    move slightly, change one's position, twitch, quiver, tremble

    disturb, rustle, shake, move, flutter, agitate, swish

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    1. 2.1no objectRise or wake from sleep.

      ‘no one else had stirred yet’

      • ‘The woman stirred suddenly, waking from a restless sleep.’
      • ‘He fought it but soon he was stirring and rising from bed.’
      • ‘The night's respite must have revitalized him, for he was stirring, even rising.’
      • ‘I reached back and squeezed her shoulder, watching as she stirred and awoke, waking them in the process.’
      • ‘I stirred in my sleep when I felt someone nudging me.’
      • ‘Just as her fingers brushed his cheek, he stirred and woke.’
      • ‘Miguel stirred and roused from sleep as the sound of footsteps echoed in the room and the lights came on.’
      • ‘He stirred, and gently woke Raquel, who stretched luxuriously over him and smiled stupidly up at his face.’
      • ‘Dara stirred in her sleep on the beaten and faded blue sofa in front of him before she finally opened her eyes.’
      • ‘She didn't wake or stir when her parents entered the room.’
      • ‘His train of thought was interrupted as she stirred and woke up.’
      • ‘Several of the sleeping men stirred in their sleep as the chill disturbed their slumber.’
      • ‘Sharp, rocky, and bumpy, there is a cave that is always half-filled with water, more so during high tide, and the current is always right that we do not stir when we sleep.’
      • ‘Further down the dark little dorm other figures stir and rise, shadows from the grave.’
      • ‘At a women's hostel on the outskirts of Bangkok, the next generation is stirring from a morning nap.’
      • ‘As I did, Simon began to stir from his long sleep, bouncing back in time for us to launch into our next attempt to save his life.’
      • ‘Instinctively her hand squeezes back but she doesn't stir from her peaceful slumber.’
      • ‘Garrison looked around the room, noticing the early risers finally stirring from their beds.’
      • ‘Yesterday, we stirred ourselves early in the day in order to go for a walk at Bedgebury Pinetum, followed by lunch at the Oak and Ivy.’
      • ‘James shook his head and stirred himself from his reverie, bringing himself back to the real world.’

      get up, get out of bed, rouse oneself, bestir oneself, rise, show signs of life, be up and about, be active

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    2. 2.2stir fromLeave or go out of (a place)
      • ‘as he grew older, he seldom stirred from his club’
    3. 2.3Begin or cause to begin to be active or to develop.

      no object‘the 1960s, when the civil rights movement stirred’

      • ‘a voice stirred her from her reverie’
      • ‘he even stirred himself to play an encore’
      • ‘Which is why I can see both West Ham and Bolton winning and the Hammers going down, deserved punishment for a season in which they stirred themselves only when it was too late.’
      • ‘Punch and Layerthorpe were on level terms as they started the pairs but Punch stirred themselves to close the match 6-3 in their favour.’
      • ‘Speaker after speaker has stirred themselves to say ‘We are the party of decency, of honesty, of straight-speaking’.’
      • ‘Sligo stirred themselves and he took a point when a goal looked on.’
      • ‘My navy took a firm control of the northern seas prior to an assault on Norway, whilst Austria stirred herself at last and lined her armies along the Austro / German border.’
      • ‘The moratorium has been there all that time, and they have not stirred themselves and put the necessary plans in place.’
      • ‘Guiseley stirred themselves to try and regain a bit of pride and he slipped a good ball to young striker whose effort was taken by him.’
      • ‘In the United States things have begun to stir, and various organizations are extremely active on campus.’
      • ‘When a few new traditionalist architects began to stir in the 1970s, they reawakened with a strange amnesia.’
      • ‘Tully had arrived just as things were beginning to stir in the county.’
      • ‘It seems that a group of well known citizens had begun to stir up the cause of independence from the empire.’
      • ‘Things are beginning to stir in Lancaster's Ryelands Park this spring and local people are needed to help turn the breeze into a whirlwind.’
      • ‘He was silent for a few moments and then suddenly stirred as he began to make the first preparations.’
      • ‘In fact, reformism of one sort or another is the natural first reaction of any exploited or oppressed group when it begins to stir into action against its suffering.’
      • ‘He stood on the balcony of the Palace overlooking the marketplace, now beginning to stir with life.’
      • ‘A troop of howler monkeys began to stir in the treetops just below us, letting loose a loud, primordial bellow.’
      • ‘After the relentless ossification of the Post-Modern era, things are beginning to stir again.’
      • ‘Inside, life began to stir as the troopers started to collect themselves.’
      • ‘Soon the Palace of Delair would begin to stir with the tasks of everyday life.’
      • ‘Isn't that worth stirring from our complacency for?’

      spur, drive, rouse, prompt, propel, prod, move, motivate, encourage

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  • 3with objectArouse strong feeling in (someone); move or excite.

    ‘they will be stirred to action by what is written’

    • ‘But he was not stirred to battle because the English had killed his father, as claimed in Braveheart.’
    • ‘All I know is that you should write the music that you love and that you believe in, that stirs you and excites you.’
    • ‘Founders proudly propagated the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ slogan that stirred the people to move on strongly and united.’
    • ‘If you stir an audience, move them and inspire them, that shifts them to feel warm with each other and share a sense of community.’
    • ‘In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.’
    • ‘One reason people were so stirred by her passing was because she had experienced so many of the tumults of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘If you are saying things that stir people, they will respond.’
    • ‘Nothing ever stirred these people to the point when they rose from their chairs and clapped.’
    • ‘It was unbelievable the way his voice and carisma stirred the people.’
    • ‘Matthews says his college tour is meant to stir young people who may be apathetic toward politics.’
    • ‘‘What attracts me to flamenco, is something to do with your soul, your makeup, what stirs you,’ she explains.’
    • ‘The boy stirs her and her family, especially after she becomes convinced that the boy is really the reincarnation of her true love.’
    • ‘I'm sure that he will also be stirring his players by reminding them that their supposed role in the last-day drama is to lie down and let the big boys run over them.’
    • ‘He told it to me not because it was dazzling or fancy in any way, but because it was gnawing at him, stirring him, and it had to come out.’
    • ‘He was stirred by Charles de Gaulle's broadcasts on behalf of the French resistance, which were reaching Martinique from neighbouring islands.’
    • ‘He sifts through the topics that stirred readers and made headlines last year in our much-read letters columns…’
    • ‘Of course I was incapable of understanding much of it at the age of seven, but I soon discovered that adults were stirred by the words.’
    • ‘With his courtly, old-fashioned manner, he may never have stirred Democratic crowds to a fever pitch.’
    • ‘No objective has stirred explorers more than the search for the source of the Nile.’
    • ‘The move is stirring up critics who say that the company is simply out to extend its patent life with such a targeted approval - a charge NitroMed denies.’

    arouse, rouse, kindle, inspire, stimulate, excite, awaken, waken, quicken, animate, activate, galvanize, fire, electrify, whet

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    1. 3.1Arouse or prompt (a feeling or memory) or inspire (the imagination)

      ‘the story stirred many memories of my childhood’

      • ‘As it stirs our emotions with memories, it also makes possible the construction of a never-to-be forgotten narrative sequence.’
      • ‘I owe her, and her husband Paul, my entire subsequent career and memories of them stir great affection.’
      • ‘They hoped this act would stir a feeling, prompting the practitioners to serve in modesty to make up for the inadequate medical technology they had.’
      • ‘WWII is recent enough in our national memory that interpretations still stir strong emotions.’
      • ‘It is the artist who uses technique not as an end but as a means to the end of communicating an idea, challenging paradigms, stirring emotions or inspiring the spirit.’
      • ‘This unconscionable scandal must kindle the moral imagination and stir the conscience of the American public.’
      • ‘But that very beauty, far from filling him with joy, stirred up memories of the Paradise he had lost.’
      • ‘The memories stirred up by these compositions are very purposeful, if only half-formed.’
      • ‘The comment stirred up memories of Barb's sister who died of skin cancer two years ago.’
      • ‘To many people these days, photographs in black-and-white bring a sense of nostalgia, and stir memories of bygone times.’
      • ‘April is the cruellest month, stirring memory and desire.’
      • ‘It had been a long day, and the FBI meetings in Perryton had stirred up unwelcome memories.’
      • ‘Stubborn, emotional and romantic, the old man stirs the feelings of the reader with his crazy love.’
      • ‘Today, if a story has potential to stir resentment among large numbers of people, it is seized like gold by the talk shows.’
      • ‘Here in the wilds of Scotland, there were also incidents of note, though none would stir fond memories of Corinthian spirit.’
      • ‘Two star-crossed medieval lovers, Abelard and Heloise, are again stirring passions in France as a literary controversy rages nearly 900 years after their affair.’
      • ‘He'll be at Casa del Popolo this Monday, Nov 4, stirring up more attention for the Michigan-based publication.’
      • ‘Setting the heather on fire usually means stirring up a bit of excitement.’
      • ‘For those creating an enterprise storage solution, just the word stirs great emotion.’
      • ‘It comes most vividly to life when the chorus is aroused as, for example, when the ladies are stirred to anger by the antics of the strutting Lieutenant Zuniga.’
    2. 3.2British informal no objectDeliberately cause trouble by spreading rumours or gossip.
      • ‘Francis was always stirring, trying to score off people’
      • ‘My ringworm worried her more than the swarms of rumors the local gossips were stirring.’
      • ‘They all minded themselves helplessly as they stirred with talks of gossip, death, and pets.’


in singular
  • 1A slight physical movement.

    ‘I stood, straining eyes and ears for the faintest stir’

    • ‘It was then that Ardon felt an odd stir of movement beneath him.’
    • ‘My feet landed without the slightest stir of dust, or typical crunch of moving dirt and rocks.’
    • ‘There was a stir of motion from the corner of her room.’
    • ‘The ball passing became more fluent and aggressive and caused a stir in the Pioneers' defense area.’
    1. 1.1An initial sign of a specified feeling.

      ‘Caroline felt a stir of anger deep within her breast’

      • ‘As he expounded the philosophy of enterprise and free-market wealth creation, there was a stir of interest in the public gallery.’
      • ‘The finds created a stir of interest in the isolated fishing community.’
      • ‘He had seen that stare directed at errant Constables and felt a stir of pity for her.’
      • ‘Despite the stir of pro-Clippers feelings in Los Angeles, he is not very positive about his future with the team.’
      • ‘For the first time since they'd arrived in Sanjia, she felt a stir of pity for this young woman who was only a few months older than herself.’
      • ‘This time, however, his emotions created a stir in him.’
      • ‘The moment I felt a stir of excitement was when I saw the wires and beams of the bridge.’
      • ‘She did not feel even the slightest stir of love for him.’
      • ‘He also felt a stir of sympathy and stepped on it hard.’
  • 2A commotion.

    ‘the event caused quite a stir’

    • ‘Probably neither name caused much stir from the leather armchairs in the New Club, where the city's grandees would once have counted the man in charge at North Bridge as one of their own.’
    • ‘What happens in Congo does not cause the slightest stir in the boardrooms of London and New York.’
    • ‘Yet, it seems that it is popular enough to have created a stir in the physics department.’
    • ‘This story is causing a bit of a stir, but it shouldn't.’
    • ‘Its passionate music and folk-based melodies caused a stir at the turn of the century.’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances, such a meeting wouldn't create a stir.’
    • ‘A sign of undue coziness with power brokers in Washington, her comment should have caused a media stir, but no one noticed.’
    • ‘The picture, submitted by a teacher of Japanese fencing and martial arts, has caused a stir.’
    • ‘Stunning Bo caused a stir when she ran along the beach in slow motion wearing only a gold swimsuit and plaits in her hair.’
    • ‘Quite why this should cause such a stir I don't know.’
    • ‘There was no hope of blending in; they caused a stir, especially among the teachers, when her father turned up occasionally for the school run.’
    • ‘It definitely served the purpose of creating awareness, but the whole exercise failed after the initial stir it created.’
    • ‘You cannot abandon it or sign up to it without causing a stir.’
    • ‘Understandably, his disappearing act created a stir and there you feared for the old man.’
    • ‘Temptation Island caused a stir when Sky One first announced it had bought the rights, but although it has done well for the channel it has attracted very little tabloid attention since.’
    • ‘The write up on the state of the Barnhill Pitch & Putt Course last week has attracted a great stir in the community.’
    • ‘Seven budding entrepreneurs from Swindon are creating a stir with their Young Enterprise business.’
    • ‘He is currently preparing for the upcoming Community Games finals but has created a stir recently when he competed in a 400m event.’
    • ‘The Halifax created a stir last year when it started offering 4% interest on its current accounts.’
    • ‘A new political party in New Zealand is hoping to cause a big stir at next year's election.’

    commotion, disturbance, fuss, ado, excitement, flurry, uproar, ferment, brouhaha, furore, turmoil, sensation

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  • 3An act of stirring food or drink.

    ‘he gives his Ovaltine a stir’

    • ‘Give the chocolate mixture a stir, then spoon into the moulds.’
    • ‘After the butter had melted Aunty Jenni gave the mixture a really good stir and some strange dark brown shapes rose to the surface from the depths.’
    • ‘This refers to the process of pouring the ingredients into the glass on top of each other and giving it a slight stir.’
    • ‘Give it a quick stir, turn the heat down and leave to simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘He gave the pot one final stir before turning around so he could properly talk to her.’


    stir one's stumps
    British informal, dated
    • often in imperative(of a person) begin to move or act.

      • ‘Things are never dull when she stirs her stumps to create a mild uproar in that pompous little town.’
      • ‘Here, you Matthews, look for sharp and stir your stumps a bit - one would think you were walking in your sleep.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this is one disadvantage to being published by a small press - you pretty much have to stir your stumps and do your own promotion.’
      • ‘‘Too few of us are willing to stir our stumps to be active citizens to work at least for a better society,’ he told the Sydney Ideas audience.’
      • ‘I really must stir my stumps and start advertising, there must be more people on the Peninsula who like to knit and natter.’
      • ‘But if you can stir your stumps, avoid the trippery town of Paphos, except for the Roman Villa of the mosaics, and go up to the Vineyards of the Troodos.’
      • ‘Sitting with a beer at the garden table has its merits but we will soon be cold and wet if we don't stir our stumps.’
      • ‘Do you think you could stop admiring your manicure, stir your stumps and do it before your mistress comes downstairs for breakfast?’
      • ‘Speaking as a Cornishman, I found it a little off-putting that when I decided to stir my stumps and ‘do’ the Cornwall Coastal Footpath that all the guidebooks were written backwards from my perspective.’
      • ‘However, our duties calling us imperatively, we weren't able to stay another night, and because the gate at the entrance to the Sanctuary is closed from 6.30 pm till 6 o'clock in the morning, we had to stir our stumps pretty briskly.’
    stir the blood
    • Make someone excited or enthusiastic.

      ‘this is a challenge that stirs my blood’

      • ‘great battle scenes in movies stir the blood’
      • ‘There was little between two great teams, but Waterford were the sharper, the more determined and, in the end, sharpness and determination allied to a brand of hurling that still stirs the blood and excites the memory carried that day.’
      • ‘Which is the shrewdest motivational trick of all for a national team manager to employ, because at the top level it is not money or patriotism which stirs the blood of footballers, but the prospect of self-improvement.’
      • ‘Do we not deserve a flag that stirs the blood and sparks starry-eyed pride in the way that the Star-Spangled Banner does for Americans?’
      • ‘He is hardly the kind of leader that stirs the blood.’
      • ‘Granted this isn't one of those fixtures that stirs the blood and quickens the pulse.’
      • ‘If the capital wasn't exactly awash with tartan as it might have been in the days when international matches stirred the blood, there was about the place a degree of optimism, a sense that this at least amounted to the arrival of a new dawn.’
      • ‘There is so much in the next 11 months to stir the blood.’
      • ‘Before anyone got wet, there would be the ritual war cry, just to stir the blood and summon up the spirits of champions past.’
      • ‘There cannot, however, be much in that to stir the blood or to satisfy the passion for the chase.’
      • ‘The Olympics as a concept, as a package, doesn't stir my blood, and I don't greatly care as such whether Australians win things or not.’
    stir the pot
    • Cause controversy or challenge an established position.

      • ‘I love to stir the pot and generate a heated discussion’

Phrasal Verbs

    stir up
    • 1stir something up, stir up somethingCause or provoke trouble or bad feeling.

      ‘he accused me of trying to stir up trouble’

      • ‘the rumours had stirred up his anger’
      • ‘We both laughed nervously and he told me that he had heard that some Asian youths in Leeds had been stirring things up by deliberately leaving rucksacks on buses.’
      • ‘A brewery is stirring up a touch of controversy in the Yorkshire Dales - with an advertising campaign declaring that ‘drinking is folly’.’
      • ‘"They have been stirring up chaos in Hong Kong and at the same time they want to change the mainland's political system.’
      • ‘On this occasion I am bound to suspect that his quoted views have been obtained by a reporter intent on stirring up controversy by approaching him for his views on a film which he has clearly not seen.’
      • ‘He was released in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement, only to be taken back to jail in August 2000 for allegedly stirring up rivalries among loyalists.’
      • ‘Education Secretary Ruth Kelly is stirring up opposition from teaching unions after putting a localised pay structure for teachers back on the agenda.’
      • ‘As host of a daily phone-in show, he has extensive experience at stirring up arguments among the famously reserved and tolerant populace of Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘But already it seems he is stirring up the kind of controversy which will be very familiar to those who have watched his career from Britain.’
      • ‘The far-right ideologue's appearance here is already stirring up a hornet's nest of opposition.’
      • ‘When the film was screened at the Venice film festival, there were a few boos from the audience, but he is happy his work is stirring up a reaction.’
      1. 1.1stir someone up, stir up someoneArouse strong feeling in someone.
        • ‘he stirred up the sweating crowd’
    • 2stir something up, stir up somethingDisturb particles in water or air.

      • ‘cloudiness is caused by the fish stirring up mud’


Old English styrian, of Germanic origin; related to German stören ‘disturb’.

Main meanings of stir in English

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Pronunciation /stəː/

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  • Prison.

    • ‘I've spent twenty-eight years in stir’
    • ‘In stir, he dreamed about his boxing career, how he was going to train and go straight and turn his life around.’
    • ‘That's right; something as innocent as playing computer chess on your laptop in a hotel lobby is now a crime with penalties of up to three months in stir and a fine of 10,000 euros.’
    • ‘He later retained an attorney, and after seven months in stir was released on bail with his pre-trial release restrictions tightened further.’
    • ‘He says that others involved with the site will continue to update it while he's in stir, where, he says, he plans to spend his time studying.’
    • ‘One way or another, he was going to get some payback for his time in stir.’
    • ‘He plays the most infamous hacker in the history of computer espionage, who has done time in stir and now wants to go straight.’
    • ‘People have done hard time in stir for a good deal less, but of course they didn't own e-tail outfits.’
    • ‘Well, at least the person who did such a miserable job ended up in stir for defrauding another customer.’


Mid 19th century perhaps from Romani sturbin ‘jail’.

Stir Up a Hornet's Nest Idiom Meaning

Meaning of stirred in English

The proposals stirred public debate over both the legality and the necessity of such a regulatory move.

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Even the mere sound of that language gently touched and stirred the inner cord of my heart.

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Dissent may have stirred gentlemen's interests in 1664, but their attention span proved short indeed.

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They could easily be stirred to become hostile as they have hardly any education and are prepared to follow a leader.

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When half of the thiocyanate solution was added, 25 ml of glacial acetic acid was dropped and the solution was stirred for two more hours.

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The markers really never enter the regions of high vorticity but are continually stirred as the vortices move about.

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They were stirred with a magnetic stirrer in order to ensure a uniform distribution of the irradiation.

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Soil in the trays was stirred two to three times during the germination monitoring period, normally after a large flush of germination.

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The sample was stirred, centrifuged at 50,000g for 30 min, and the supernatant extract of visual pigment was pipetted off.

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The fluid motion in the stirred tanks used in laboratories and in industry is usually turbulent.

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Nevertheless, by the late 1930s, the topic of sterilisation had stirred up a very public debate, creating a division among psychiatrists.

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Feeling hopeful also stirred thoughts that a miracle could maybe take place after all.

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The private meeting, the locked chest, the small number of keys and the unseen record, the finality of closure stirred imaginations.

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During this time the evaporated water is replaced and the mixture stirred several times.

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The copperas is added to the oak-gall potion and thoroughly stirred with a stick from a fig tree.

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Of stirred meaning

Meaning of stir in English

A heterogeneity of memories triggered by the same memory material, stirring up a plethora of emotional extensions of the work.

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Dissent may have stirred gentlemen's interests in 1664, but their attention span proved short indeed.

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The material in each tube was broken down by careful stirring with a sharp seeker, until no large clumps remained.

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When half of the thiocyanate solution was added, 25 ml of glacial acetic acid was dropped and the solution was stirred for two more hours.

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The markers really never enter the regions of high vorticity but are continually stirred as the vortices move about.

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They were stirred with a magnetic stirrer in order to ensure a uniform distribution of the irradiation.

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The sample was stirred, centrifuged at 50,000g for 30 min, and the supernatant extract of visual pigment was pipetted off.

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Feeling hopeful also stirred thoughts that a miracle could maybe take place after all.

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Not stirring up trouble should be the main principle: tampering [with the tusi] will lead to great problems.

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The private meeting, the locked chest, the small number of keys and the unseen record, the finality of closure stirred imaginations.

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The stratification was made by quickly stirring an initially two-layer system, fresh on top, salty below, then waiting until it settled completely.

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Fluid stirred to very small scales, but not molecularly mixed, is erroneously interpreted as being molecularly mixed if the measuring technique has insufficient resolution.

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During this time the evaporated water is replaced and the mixture stirred several times.

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What is the meaning of the word STIRRING?
\ ˈstərHow to pronounce stir (audio)\

transitive verb

1a: to cause an especially slight movement or change of position oftied so tightly he could scarcely stir a finger

b: to disturb the quiet of : agitate—often used with upthe bear stirred up the bees

2a: to disturb the relative position of the particles or parts of especially by a continued circular movementstirred the paint with a paddlestir the fire—often used with upstirred up mud from the lake bottom

b: to mix by or as if by stirringstir one's coffee—often used with instir in the spices

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

5a: to rouse to activity : evoke strong feelings inmusic that stirs the emotions

b: to call forth (something, such as a memory) : evokestir happy remembrances

c: provokestir a storm of controversy—often used with upstir up trouble

intransitive verb

1a: to make a slight movementThe leaves were barely stirring.

b: to begin to move (as in rousing)She heard him stirring in bed.

c: to shift to another location : budgehaven't stirred since I arrived

2: to begin to be activeThe factory stirred to life.

3: to be active or busyNot a creature was stirring …— Clement Moore

4: to pass an implement through a substance with a circular movementwashed the spoon she was stirring with

5: to be able to be stirredAdd water until the mixture stirs easily.

1a: a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activity

b: widespread notice and discussion : impressionthe book caused quite a stir


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