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stir 1

v. stirred, stir·ring, stirs
a. To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example), usually in circular motions, so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.
b. To use an implement to move or rearrange the fuel in (a fire) to increase light or heat.
c. To add or mix in (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture by moving an implement: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.
d. To mix together the ingredients of (a liquid, for example) before cooking or use by moving an implement: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.
e. To move or pass (an implement) through a liquid in order to mix or cool the contents: stirred her spoon in her coffee.
2. To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.
a. To cause to become active; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.
b. To excite strong feelings in or rouse, as from indifference: The speaker stirred us to volunteer at the homeless shelter. See Synonyms at provoke.
c. To provoke deliberately; incite. Often used with up: stir up trouble.
1. To change position slightly: The leaves were stirring in the breeze.
a. To start to move, especially in rising from sleep: The house was quiet, as no one had stirred yet.
b. To move about actively or busily: People were stirring about the office.
c. To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.
a. To stir or mix a liquid or mixture: stood at the counter stirring.
b. To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.
4. To happen or begin: when the civil rights movement first stirred.
5. To be roused or affected by strong feelings: "His wrath so stirred within him, that he could have struck him dead" (Charles Dickens).
1. A stirring, mixing, or poking movement: gave the fire a stir.
2. A slight movement: slept soundly and barely made a stir.
3. An excited reaction or commotion: The news caused quite a stir in our family.

[Middle English stiren, from Old English styrian, to excite, agitate.]

stir′rer n.

stir 2

n. Slang

[Short for Romani stariben, stirapen : star, variant of astar, to seize, causative of ast, to remain, stop (probably akin to Prakrit atthaï, he sits, from earlier Middle Indic *āsthāti, he remains, from Sanskrit ātiṣṭhati , he stands by, remains on : ā-, near, to, at + tiṣṭati, sthā-, he stands; see sthā- in Indo-European roots) + Romani -ben, n. suff.]


1. a person or thing that stirs
2. informal a person who deliberately causes trouble
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal Austral and NZ a political activist or agitator
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stirrer - a person who spreads frightening rumors and stirs up trouble
alarmist - a person who alarms others needlessly
2.stirrer - an implement used for stirring
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end


n (Brit inf: = gossipmonger etc) → Stänkerer m, → Stänkerin f (inf); (= troublemaker)Scharfmacher(in) m(f) (inf), → Agitator(in) m(f)


[ˈstɜːrəʳ] n (Brit) (fam) → piantagrane m/f
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Before parting at the Physician's door, they both looked up at the sunny morning sky, into which the smoke of a few early fires and the breath and voices of a few early stirrers were peacefully rising, and then looked round upon the immense city, and said, if all those hundreds and thousands of beggared people who were yet asleep could only know, as they two spoke, the ruin that impended over them, what a fearful cry against one miserable soul would go up to Heaven!
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where <*> indicates an average over a complete stirrer rotation cycle.