noun Usually stirrings.
Origin of stirring
verb (used with object), stirred, stir·ring.
verb (used without object), stirred, stir·ring.
Origin of stir1
Synonyms for stir
Antonyms for stir
Related Words for stirringinspiring, gripping, heartbreaking, touching, heartrending, exhilarating, emotional, inspirational, electrifying, dynamic, awakening, provoking, stimulating, arousing
Examples from the Web for stirring
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 28, 2014
Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and melt, stirring to combine.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Sprinkle on the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
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
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of stirring
The captain had told him to be back in an hour, and he felt that it was time for him to be stirring.Brave and Bold
What I hear at night is the creaking of stairs, when I know that nobody ought to be stirring.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
When Nicias had concluded his stirring appeal, the embarkation of the troops began.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
This was done, and I was up and dressed before any other member of the family was stirring.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The liquor of oysters should never be thickened by stirring in flour.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
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)