Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
  2. (noun, feeling) emotional agitation and excitement
  3. (noun, act) a rapid active commotion
  4. (verb, motion) move an implement through
    stir my drink
    stir the soil
  5. (verb, motion) move very slightly
  6. (verb, perception) stir feelings in
    excite the audience
    stir emotions
  7. (verb, emotion) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    the civil war shook the country
  8. (verb, emotion) affect emotionally
    I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy
  9. (verb, creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    he conjured wild birds in the air
    call down the spirits from the mountain
  10. (verb, motion) to begin moving,
  11. (verb, contact) mix or add by stirring

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Stir

  1. O.E. styrian, from P.Gmc. *sturjanan (cf. M.Du. stoeren, Du. storen "to disturb," O.H.G. storan "to scatter, destroy," Ger. st?ren "to disturb"), probably from the root of storm (q.v.). The noun sense of "commotion, disturbance, tumult" (late 14c., in phrase on steir) is probably from O.N. styrr "disturbance, tumult" (see … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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