/stɜ / (say ster)

verb (stirred, stirring)
verb (t)
1. to move or agitate (a liquid, or any matter in separate particles or pieces) so as to change the relative position of component parts, as by passing an implement continuously or repeatedly through: to stir one's coffee with a spoon.
2. to move, especially in some slight way: the noise stirred the baby in her sleep.
3. to set in tremulous, fluttering, or irregular motion; shake: leaves stirred by the wind.
4. to move briskly; bestir: to stir oneself.
5. (sometimes followed by up) to rouse from inactivity, quiet, contentment, indifference, etc.: to stir a people to rebellion.
6. to affect strongly; excite: to stir pity; to stir the heart.
7. Rare to bring up for notice or discussion.
verb (i)
8. to move, especially slightly or lightly: not a leaf stirred.
9. to move about, especially briskly.
10. to be in circulation, current, or afoot: is there any news stirring?
11. to become active, as from some rousing or quickening impulse.
12. to be emotionally moved or strongly affected.
a. to touch on controversial topics in a deliberate attempt to incite a heated discussion.
b. to cause trouble deliberately.
14. the act of stirring or moving, or the sound made.
15. brisk or busy movement.
16. a state or occasion of general excitement; a commotion.
17. a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling.
18. a jog or thrust.
19. for a stir, Colloquial with the aim of causing trouble.
20. stir along, Colloquial to make frequent use of the gears when driving a heavy vehicle.
21. stir the possum, to instigate a debate on a controversial topic, especially in the public arena: *It stirred the 'possum in the people, and for months afterwards they could still feel the enthusiasm, and the reawakening of faith –ruth park, 1949. {Phrase Origin: Australian phrase; ? the obverse of the US expression play possum}
22. stir up, to incite, instigate, or prompt: to stir up a rebellion.
23. stir up a hornet's nest, to incite trouble.
{Middle English; Old English styrian, related to German storen disturb. Compare storm}
[c]/stɜ / (say ster)

noun Colloquial
a prison.
{origin unknown}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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