stir (stirs, present participle stirring; past and past participle stirred)
- (transitive) To incite to action
- Synonyms: arouse, instigate, prompt, excite, Thesaurus:incite
- (transitive) To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate.
- She stirred the pudding with a spoon.
- (transitive) To agitate the content of (a container), by passing something through it.
- Would you please stand here and stir this pot so that the chocolate doesn't burn?
- (transitive) To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
- (transitive, dated) To change the place of in any manner; to move.
- (intransitive) To move; to change one’s position.
- (intransitive) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
- (intransitive) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
- (intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
- Synonyms: arise, get up, rouse, Thesaurus:wake
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
- “Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins,” remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: “Mon dieu! Mon dieu! Che fais mourir!”
- French: remuer
- German: rühren
- Italian: mescolare
- Portuguese: mexer
- Russian: разме́шивать
- Spanish: revolver
- French: remuer, touiller
- German: umrühren
- Italian: agitare
- Portuguese: mexer, agitar
- Spanish: remover, revolver, mezclar
- French: bouger
- Russian: дви́гаться
- French: agiter
- German: (sich) regen
- Russian: дви́гаться
- German: auffallen
- The act or result of stirring (moving around the particles of a liquid etc.)
- Can you give the soup a little stir?
- agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
- Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir?
- 1693, [John Locke], “§107”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:.
- Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of.
- Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
- Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England.
- Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
- German: Erregung
- Russian: неразбери́ха
- German: Aufruhr
- Russian: волнение
- (slang) Jail; prison.
- He's going to be spendin' maybe ten years in stir.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.