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stir

Synonyms of stir in English:

verb

  • 1 use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture stir the ingredients together
    mix, blend, agitate;
    beat, whip, whisk, fold in;
    North American muddle
  • 2 Travis stirred in his sleep
    move slightly, change one's position, twitch, quiver, tremble
  • 3 a gentle breeze stirred the leaves
    disturb, rustle, shake, move, flutter, agitate, swish
  • 4 when Ruth eventually stirred, it was nearly lunchtime
    get up, get out of bed, rouse oneself, bestir oneself, rise, show signs of life, be up and about, be active;
    wake up, awaken, waken
    informal be up and doing, rise and shine, surface
    literary arise
    [Antonyms] go to bed, retire
  • 5 you won't even have to stir out of your office
    leave, depart from, go out of;
    move from, budge from, make a move from, shift from
    [Antonyms] stay, stay put
  • 6 her imagination was stirred by the thought
    [Antonyms] stultify
  • 7 the outbreak of the war stirred him to action
  • Phrases

    stir one's stumps

    1
    British informal
    'Stir your stumps, girl!' he shouted
    be quick, look smart, hurry up, speed up
    British informal get one's skates on
    North American informal get a wiggle on
    South African informal put foot

    stir something up

    2
    his remarks stirred up a furore
    [Antonyms] stifle, suppress

    noun

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  • the event caused quite a stir
    informal to-do, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, flap, song and dance, splash
    British informal kerfuffle
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