noun Usually stirrings.
- stirrup bone,
- stirrup cup,
- stirrup jar
Origin of stirring
verb (used with object), stirred, stir·ring.
verb (used without object), stirred, stir·ring.
Origin of stir1
Examples from the Web for stirring
Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and melt, stirring to combine.
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.
Sprinkle on the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Joseph Heller called it the “most stirring and lucid account of World War II that I have ever read.”Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Randolph had been stirring the story of Lethingtons opening the coffer in a green cover, in the autumn of 1570.The Mystery of Mary Stuart|Andrew Lang
"Suppose we go up to the Corner and see what's stirring," suggested the Donkey, with a yawn.
Sweeten it to your taste; set it over the fire, and keep it stirring till it boils.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;|Charlotte Campbell Bury
Mrs. Howe responded to the effect that she would endeavor to write other words that might be sung to this stirring melody.Campfire and Battlefield|Rossiter Johnson
Socialism was talked about in the reviews: some of us knew that an obscure Socialist movement was stirring into life in London.The History of the Fabian Society|Edward R. Pease
verb stirs, stirring or stirred
Word Origin for stir
Word Origin for stir
"a beginning to move," mid-14c., verbal noun from stir (v). Figurative sense by late 14c. Related: Stirrings.
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)