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[stur-uh-bout] /ˈstɜr əˌbaʊt/
noun, British.
Origin of stirabout
First recorded in 1675-85; noun use of verb phrase stir about to stir up Unabridged
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  • I crammed my mouth with stirabout for fear I might give utterance to my anger.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • He said they lived as their neighbors did, on potatoes and stirabout.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • It is a most stirabout time, for many witnesses and lawyers come.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • And so she eats her meal of potato or stirabout—she never has both at once—and goes into sleep and dreams.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • There's not wather enough there, I say—put in more what signifies all the stirabout that 'ud make?

  • Sometimes they are pounded when quite dry into a sort of meal, and with water added to them, are made into a kind of stirabout.

  • She climbed to the gable, looked down, and saw the son making a great pot of stirabout for his mother, and she hurrying him.

  • Knowing that stirabout was the main food of the hag, Smallhead settled in her mind to play another trick.

  • You'll not be contenting yourselves with the stirabout now that you have your brother back again with you.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Whether this is exclusive of the stirabout breakfast I saw preparing for them in the school, I forgot to ask.

British Dictionary definitions for stirabout


a kind of porridge orginally made in Ireland
a bustling person
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