To stir is to move. Usually, the movement is in a circular pattern, but this word can also be used when a person wakes up, when a person moves, or when someone causes trouble.
- Donna stirred her coffee. She put cream and sugar into the coffee and stirred.
- It’s necessary to stir the rice after it comes to a boil.
- Keep stirring the concrete. If you stop, it will get hard.
- If you don’t keep stirring the vegetables and the meat, they’ll burn.
- Have you ever eaten stir-fried food?
He’s stirring something.
- I tried to wake my son, but he wouldn’t stir.
- The alarm stirred Gloria out of a deep sleep.
- Bears begin to stir from their hibernation sometime in March.
- The old man down the street is known for stirring up trouble. (stir up trouble = cause trouble)
- You’re going to stir up a hornet’s nest if you raise this issue in the meeting. (stir up a hornet’s nest = do or say something that invites controversy.)
- People go stir crazy during the winter if they don’t get outside and move around. (stir crazy = a condition caused by constant confinement. People kept in small spaces such as airplanes, prison cells, and rooms go "stir crazy.")
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May 8, 2014