stir Definition

  • 1to mix a liquid or other substance by moving an object such as a spoon in a circular pattern
  • 2to cause a feeling or emotion to start to be felt
  • 3to move slightly or make someone or something move slightly

Using stir: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stir" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Stir the soup until it is smooth.

  • Example

    The speech stirred the audience to action.

  • Example

    The wind stirred the leaves on the trees.

  • Example

    She stirred her coffee with a spoon.

stir Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using stir

  • to deliberately cause trouble or provoke a reaction


    He's always stirring the pot and causing drama.

  • stir the blood

    to excite or arouse strong emotions or passions


    The patriotic music stirred the blood of the crowd, and they began to cheer.

  • to deeply move or inspire someone emotionally or spiritually


    The beauty of the sunset over the ocean stirred my soul and brought tears to my eyes.

Phrases with stir

  • to cause problems or create difficulties


    He was always stirring up trouble at work.

  • to inspire or stimulate one's creativity or curiosity


    The beautiful scenery stirred my imagination and made me want to paint.

  • stir-crazy

    feeling restless or anxious from being confined to a small space for too long


    After being stuck inside for days due to the snowstorm, I was starting to feel stir-crazy.

Origins of stir

from Old English 'styrian'


Summary: stir in Brief

To 'stir' [stɜːr] means to mix a substance, cause a feeling or emotion, or move slightly. It can refer to physical actions like stirring soup or emotional responses like stirring up trouble. Phrases like 'stir the pot' and idioms like 'stir the blood' denote deliberate provocation or emotional arousal. 'Stir' has formal synonyms like 'agitate' and informal ones like 'get going.'

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