Stir - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɜːr|  American pronunciation of the word stir
Brit.  |stɜː|  British pronunciation of the word stir


- a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event (syn: splash)
- emotional agitation and excitement
- a rapid active commotion (syn: ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle)


- move an implement through
- move very slightly (syn: agitate, budge, shift)
- stir feelings in(syn: excite, stimulate)
- stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of (syn: excite, shake, stimulate)
- affect emotionally(syn: touch)
- summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic (syn: arouse, conjure, evoke, invoke, raise)
- to begin moving(syn: arouse)
- mix or add by stirring


The cake batter must be stirred for 10 minutes.

Stir one cup of sugar into the batter.

She was stirred from her sleep by the noise.

The breeze stirred the leaves on the tree.

We could see people stirring inside the shop.

A good book can stir the imagination.

Next, stir up the eggs with the milk.

The opposition are trying to stir up feelings of dissatisfaction among the voters.

The book caused quite a stir.

Stir the paint to make sure it is smooth.

She stirred her coffee with a plastic spoon.

Stir a cup of cooked brown rice into the mixture.

The crowd began to stir as they waited for the band to start.

A gentle breeze stirred the curtains.

He hadn't stirred from his chair all morning.

Phrasal verbs

stir up  — try to stir up public opinion

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stir
he/she/it: stirs
present participle: stirring
past tense: stirred
past participle: stirred
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