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stir (v.)

Old English styrian "to stir, move; rouse, agitate, incite, urge" (transitive and intransitive), from Proto-Germanic *sturjan (source also of Middle Dutch stoeren, Dutch storen "to disturb," Old High German storan "to scatter, destroy," German stören "to disturb"), from PIE *(s)twer- (1) "to turn, whirl" (see storm (n.)). Related: Stirred; stirring. Stir-fry (v.) is attested from 1959.

stir (n.)

"commotion, disturbance, tumult," late 14c. (in phrase on steir), probably from a Scandinavian source, such as Old Norse styrr "disturbance, tumult," from the same root as stir (v.)). The sense of "movement, bustle" (1560s) probably is from the English verb.

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Definitions of stir from WordNet
1
stir (v.)
move an implement through;
stir my drink
stir the soup
stir the soil
stir (v.)
move very slightly;
Synonyms: shift / budge / agitate
stir (v.)
stir feelings in;
stir emotions
Synonyms: stimulate / excite
stir (v.)
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;
Synonyms: stimulate / shake / shake up / excite
stir (v.)
affect emotionally;
A stirring movie
Synonyms: touch
stir (v.)
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic;
Synonyms: raise / conjure / conjure up / invoke / evoke / call down / arouse / bring up / put forward / call forth
stir (v.)
to begin moving;
As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir
Synonyms: arouse
stir (v.)
mix or add by stirring;
2
stir (n.)
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event;
Synonyms: splash
stir (n.)
emotional agitation and excitement;
stir (n.)
a rapid active commotion;
Synonyms: bustle / hustle / flurry / ado / fuss
From wordnet.princeton.edu