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verb (used with object), be·stirred, be·stir·ring.
  1. to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning.
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Origin of bestir

before 900; Middle English bistiren, Old English bestyrian to heap up. See be-, stir1
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Historical Examples

  • So every one had said for a long time, but no one bestirred themselves to place her in it.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • You must have talked too much, and have bestirred and excited yourself.

  • But he at once bestirred himself, and said he would go and see.

  • Aunt Jemima had bestirred herself, and was moving listlessly about the house.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • Charlie bestirred himself at once, and assisted in shooting the gear.

British Dictionary definitions for bestirred


verb -stirs, -stirring or -stirred
  1. (tr) to cause (oneself, or, rarely, another person) to become active; rouse
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Word Origin and History for bestirred



Old English bestyrian "to heap up," from be- + stir. Related: Bestirred; bestirring.

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