[ uh-stur ]
/ əˈstɜr /


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

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see a-1, stir1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astir


/ (əˈstɜː) /

adjective (postpositive)

awake and out of bed
in motion; on the move
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Word Origin and History for astir



"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."

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