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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Definitions for astir

  1. moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement: The field was astir with small animals, birds, and insects.
  2. up and about; out of bed.

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Citations for astir
We were wakened by many hurrying feet, and many confused voices; all the world seemed awake and astir. Elizabeth Gaskell, The Grey Woman, 1861
The feeling called love is and has been for two years the predominant emotion of my heart: always there, always awake, always astir: quite other feelings absorb his reflections, and govern his faculties. Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849
Origin of astir
1000
Astir entered English before 1000, and is a combination of the reduced form a- and the word stir.