verb (used with object), stirred, stirring.
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, stirring.
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.
verb stirs, stirring, stirred
to move an implement such as a spoon around in (a liquid) so as to mix up the constituents: she stirred the porridge
to change or cause to change position; disturb or be disturbed: he stirred in his sleep
(intransitive) often foll by from. to venture or depart (from one’s usual or preferred place): he won’t stir from the fireside
(intransitive) to be active after a rest; be up and about
(transitive) to excite or stimulate, esp emotionally
to move (oneself) briskly or vigorously; exert (oneself)
(transitive) to rouse or awaken: to stir someone from sleep, to stir memories
(informal) when tr, foll by up. to cause or incite others to cause (trouble, arguments, etc)
(informal) stir one’s stumps, to move or become active
the act or an instance of stirring or the state of being stirred
a strong reaction, esp of excitement: his publication caused a stir
a slight movement
(NZ, informal) a noisy party
a slang word for prison in stir
noun, British. 1. porridge. noun 1. a kind of porridge orginally made in Ireland 2. a bustling person
adjective, Slang. 1. Informal. restless or frantic because of confinement, routine, etc.: I was stir-crazy after just two months of keeping house. 2. mentally ill because of long imprisonment. adjective 1. (slang) mentally disturbed as a result of being in prison or otherwise confined stinky-pinky
adjective 1. (of food) prepared by cooking quickly in a small amount of oil over high heat: stir-fried shrimp and snow peas. verb (used with object), stir-fried, stir-frying. 1. to cook (food) quickly by cutting into small pieces and stirring constantly in a lightly oiled wok or frying pan over high heat: a common method […]
verb (used with object), stir-fried, stir-frying. 1. to cook (food) quickly by cutting into small pieces and stirring constantly in a lightly oiled wok or frying pan over high heat: a common method of Chinese cookery. noun 2. a dish of stir-fried meat, vegetables, etc. adjective 3. stir-fried. verb -fries, -frying, -fried 1. to cook […]