stir

1
[ stur ]
/ stɜr /

verb (used with object), stirred, stir·ring.

verb (used without object), stirred, stir·ring.

noun

Origin of stir

1
before 900; Middle English stiren (v.), Old English styrian; cognate with German stören; akin to Old Norse styrr disturbance; see storm
Related forms

Synonym study

17. See ado.
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British Dictionary definitions for stir up (1 of 3)

stir up


verb

(tr, adverb) to set in motion; instigatehe stirred up trouble

British Dictionary definitions for stir up (2 of 3)

stir

1
/ (stɜː) /

verb stirs, stirring or stirred

noun

See also stir up
Derived Formsstirrable, adjective

Word Origin for stir

Old English styrian; related to Middle High German stürn to poke, stir, Norwegian styrja to cause a commotion; see storm, sturgeon

British Dictionary definitions for stir up (3 of 3)

stir

2
/ (stɜː) /

noun

a slang word for prison in stir

Word Origin for stir

C19: perhaps from Romany stariben prison
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Word Origin and History for stir up

stir


v.

Old English styrian, from Proto-Germanic *sturjanan (cf. Middle Dutch stoeren, Dutch storen "to disturb," Old High German storan "to scatter, destroy," German stören "to disturb"), probably from the root of storm (q.v.). The noun sense of "commotion, disturbance, tumult" (late 14c., in phrase on steir) is probably from Old Norse styrr "disturbance, tumult" (see storm), from the same Proto-Germanic root; the sense of "movement, bustle" is probably from the English verb. Stir-fry (v.) is attested from 1959.

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Idioms and Phrases with stir up (1 of 2)

stir up


1

Mix together the ingredients or parts, as in He stirred up some pancake batter, or Will you stir up the fire? [Mid-1300s]

2

Rouse to action, incite, provoke, as in He's always stirring up trouble among the campers, or If the strikers aren't careful they'll stir up a riot. [First half of 1500s] Also see stir up a hornets' nest.

Idioms and Phrases with stir up (2 of 2)

stir


In addition to the idioms beginning with stir

  • stir up
  • stir up a hornets' nest

also see:

  • cause a commotion (stir)
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