I. verb (stirred; stirring) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English styrian; akin to Old High German stōren to scatter Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause an especially slight movement or change of position of b. to disturb the quiet of ; agitate — often used with up <
the bear stirred up the bees
2. a. to disturb the relative position of the particles or parts of especially by a continued circular movement <
stir the pudding
stir the fire
— often used with up <
stirred up mud from the lake bottom
b. to mix by or as if by stirring — often used with in <
stir in the spices
3. bestir, exert 4. to bring into notice or debate ; raise — often used with up <
stir up sensitive issues
5. a. to rouse to activity ; evoke strong feelings in <
music that stirs the emotions
b. to call forth (as a memory) ; evoke c. provoke <
stir a storm of controversy
intransitive verb 1. a. to make a slight movement <
the leaves were barely stirring
b. to begin to move (as in rousing) c. to shift to another location ; budge <
haven't stirred since I arrived
2. to begin to be active <
the factory stirred to life
3. to be active or busy <
not a creature was stirring — Clement Moore
4. to pass an implement through a substance with a circular movement 5. to be able to be stirred • stirrer noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activity b. widespread notice and discussion ; impression <
the book caused quite a stir
2. a slight movement 3. a stirring movement III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1851 slang prison

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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