- moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement: The field was astir with small animals, birds, and insects.
- up and about; out of bed.
Origin of astir
Examples from the Web for astir
Historical Examples of astir
Dennet was astir early to see them off, and she had a little gift for each.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I had no suspicion anything was astir that night with the college boys.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Lights flashed in the windows, drums beat, and the whole place was astir.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The night passed, and with the coming of dawn the boys were astir.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
A soul is astir with an idea, a resentment, a call for change.Mountain Meditations
- awake and out of bed
- in motion; on the move
"up and about," 1823, from phrase on the stir, or from Scottish asteer; from stir. Old English had astyrian, which yielded Middle English ben astired "be stirred up, excited, aroused."