Language: Old English
Origin: styrian


1 verb
stir1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle stirred, present participle stirring


[transitive] to move a liquid or substance around with a spoon or stick in order to mix it together:
Stir the paint to make sure it is smooth.
stir something with something
She stirred her coffee with a plastic spoon.
stir something in/into something
Stir a cup of cooked brown rice into the mixture.

move slightly

[intransitive and transitive] to move slightly or to make something move slightly:
The crowd began to stir as they waited for the band to start.
A gentle breeze stirred the curtains.

leave a place

[intransitive] to leave or move from a place:
He hadn't stirred from his chair all morning.


a) [transitive] to make someone have a strong feeling or reaction
stir memories/emotions etc
Looking at the photographs stirred childhood memories of the long hot summers.
The poem succeeds in stirring the imagination.
b) [intransitive] if a feeling stirs in you, you begin to feel it:
Excitement stirred inside her.

do something

[transitive] to make someone start doing something
stir somebody to do something
The incident stirred students to protest.

cause trouble

be stirring (it)

British English informal to cause trouble between people by spreading false or secret information:
Ben's always stirring!

stir somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to deliberately try to cause arguments or bad feelings between people:
John was always stirring up trouble in class.
Dave's just trying to stir things up because he's jealous.
2 to make small pieces of something move around in the air or in water:
The wind had stirred up a powdery red dust.

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