stirring

[ stur-ing ]
/ ˈstɜr ɪŋ /

adjective

rousing, exciting, or thrilling: a stirring speech.
moving, active, bustling, or lively: a stirring business.

noun Usually stirrings.

a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling: stirrings of hope.
a small movement: the best thing she could do was to pretend that her husband's nocturnal stirrings didn't wake her

Origin of stirring

before 900; Middle English stiringe, Old English styriende. See stir1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM stirring

stir·ring·ly, adverbun·stir·ring, adjective

Definition for stirring (2 of 2)

stir1
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM stir

synonym study for stir

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

stirring
/ (ˈstɜːrɪŋ) /

adjective

exciting the emotions; stimulating
active, lively, or busy

Derived forms of stirring

stirringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for stirring (2 of 3)

stir1
/ (stɜː) /

verb stirs, stirring or stirred

noun

See also stir up

Derived forms of stir

stirrable, 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 stirring (3 of 3)

stir2
/ (stɜː) /

noun

a slang word for prison in stir

Word Origin for stir

C19: perhaps from Romany stariben prison
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Idioms and Phrases with stirring

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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