[ uh-stur ]
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  1. moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement: The field was astir with small animals, birds, and insects.

  2. up and about; out of bed.

Origin of astir

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see a-1, stir1

Words Nearby astir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use astir in a sentence

  • But more—he realised that the missing part of her was now astir, touched into life by another, and a younger, man.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • Everybody was astir early about the Norwood and Drew places in Roselawn that next morning.

  • Something was astir somewhere, and before long the Esperanza's crew knew what was the matter.

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • When he awoke the smugglers were astir, and the women were bending over the fire, busy in preparing breakfast.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Monday morning dawned, and the great prison with its twelve hundred captives was again astir.

British Dictionary definitions for astir


/ (əˈstɜː) /

  1. awake and out of bed

  2. in motion; on the move

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