Definition of astir in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈstəː


  • 1In a state of excited movement: the streets are all astir
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    • Shanghai has recently been astir with news that one of Taiwan's richest men is planning to open a ‘baozi’ - Taiwan steamed buns with stuffing - restaurant.
    • Something, for example, is astir in Latin America which gives an unanticipated scope for hope even as the Middle East continues to blindly grope its way towards partnership with Asia.
    • The production that set the New York and London stages astir will creep into Tokyo Nov.16-19 at the Sun Mall Theater in Shinjuku.
  • 1.1Awake and out of bed: he woke before anyone was astir
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    • The central part of Westhoughton was early astir this morning on the occasion of a great walk which had been arranged to take place from Westhoughton to Southport.
    • The two walked quickly back to the village, which was now all astir with life.


late 18th century: from a-2 'on' + the noun stir1.

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