Origin of stirabout
First recorded in 1675–85; noun use of verb phrase stir about to stir up
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for stirabout
I crammed my mouth with stirabout for fear I might give utterance to my anger.Dubliners
He said they lived as their neighbors did, on potatoes and stirabout.
It is a most stirabout time, for many witnesses and lawyers come.Rose Charlitte
And so she eats her meal of potato or stirabout—she never has both at once—and goes into sleep and dreams.
There's not wather enough there, I say—put in more what signifies all the stirabout that 'ud make?Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
- a kind of porridge orginally made in Ireland
- a bustling person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012