One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1predicative In a state of excited movement.‘the streets are all astir’
crowded, bustling, swarming, teeming, buzzing, hectic, full, thronged, thronging, lively, vibrantView synonyms
- ‘Something is astir in Bilin - mass Palestinian demonstrations based on non-violence and Israeli participation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Moments later, the room was astir, with half a dozen instructors and guards, all working to release them.’
- ‘I walked away, my feelings astir and confusing my already troubled mind.’
- ‘A group of 42 young South Korean women set the city astir this past week.’
- ‘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 week later, the Haifa municipality was still astir as officials spoke of the amazing funeral.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When news of the gruesome homicide began to trickle out, the Washington Post newsroom was astir.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By the time I reach downtown, of course, I see that things are astir.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The World was astir over Tsukasa, a young boy with unusual powers.’
- ‘We do not know entirely what is astir, but we can feel that the world is ready to throw itself into turmoil.’
- 1.1 Awake and out of bed.‘he woke before anyone was astir’
- ‘The two walked quickly back to the village, which was now all astir with life.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century: from a- ‘on’ + the noun stir.
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