Definition of astir in English:



  • 1[predicative] In a state of excited movement:

    ‘the streets are all astir’
    • ‘Moments later, the room was astir, with half a dozen instructors and guards, all working to release them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A little less than a year ago, the New York offices of news agency Reuters were all astir over the forthcoming float of shares in the firm's electronic trading network, Instinet.’
    • ‘A group of 42 young South Korean women set the city astir this past week.’
    • ‘Something is astir in Bilin - mass Palestinian demonstrations based on non-violence and Israeli participation.’
    • ‘When news of the gruesome homicide began to trickle out, the Washington Post newsroom was astir.’
    • ‘By the time I reach downtown, of course, I see that things are astir.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I walked away, my feelings astir and confusing my already troubled mind.’
    • ‘Yet there is a new movement astir in the world, against the inherent violence of globalization, corporate rule and fundamentalism, that reminds us strongly of the early 1960s.’
    • ‘A week later, the Haifa municipality was still astir as officials spoke of the amazing funeral.’
    • ‘We do not know entirely what is astir, but we can feel that the world is ready to throw itself into turmoil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The World was astir over Tsukasa, a young boy with unusual powers.’
    crowded, bustling, swarming, teeming, astir, buzzing, hectic, full, thronged, thronging, lively, vibrant
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    1. 1.1 Awake and out of bed:
      ‘he woke before anyone was astir’
      • ‘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- ‘on’ + the noun stir.