verb (used with object), stirred, stir·ring.
verb (used without object), stirred, stir·ring.
- stir up,
- stir up a hornets' nest,
Origin of stir1
Examples from the Web for stirred
The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years|Shane Harris|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Rather, all of the manufactured antibodies are all stirred up but have nowhere to go.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And there is no doubt, too, that its legacy will be marred by the controversy it stirred, both on and off screen.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cosby would offer them a drink, and then wait until the effects of whatever undisclosed substance he had stirred in took hold.
The timing of the violence against the students has particular resonance and has stirred public sentiment.
Perhaps he is stirred at the thought of fighting for "England, Home, and Beauty."Kitchener's Mob|James Norman Hall
Martha Phipps, sitting next to Galusha, stirred and uttered an impatient exclamation under her breath.Galusha the Magnificent|Joseph C. Lincoln
Stirred at length by the instinct of revenge, they were about to pull on.Afloat in the Forest|Mayne Reid
A light breeze sprang up and stirred the long, lush grass of the field which bordered the shadow of the trees.A German Pompadour|Marie Hay
Always gentle to the gentle Ira, to-day his voice carried an added tenderness which stirred her to vague unrest and wistfulness.The Game and the Candle|Eleanor M. Ingram
verb stirs, stirring or stirred
Word Origin for stir
Word Origin for stir
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stir
- stir up
- stir up a hornets' nest
- cause a commotion (stir)