noun British.

Origin of stirabout

First recorded in 1675–85; noun use of verb phrase stir about to stir up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stirabout

Historical Examples of stirabout

  • I crammed my mouth with stirabout for fear I might give utterance to my anger.


    James Joyce

  • He said they lived as their neighbors did, on potatoes and stirabout.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • It is a most stirabout time, for many witnesses and lawyers come.

    Rose Charlitte

    Marshall Saunders

  • And so she eats her meal of potato or stirabout—she never has both at once—and goes into sleep and dreams.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • There's not wather enough there, I say—put in more what signifies all the stirabout that 'ud make?

British Dictionary definitions for stirabout



a kind of porridge orginally made in Ireland
a bustling person
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