Definition of astir in English:



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

    ‘the streets are all astir’
    • ‘I walked away, my feelings astir and confusing my already troubled mind.’
    • ‘The World was astir over Tsukasa, a young boy with unusual powers.’
    • ‘A group of 42 young South Korean women set the city astir this past week.’
    • ‘When news of the gruesome homicide began to trickle out, the Washington Post newsroom was astir.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moments later, the room was astir, with half a dozen instructors and guards, all working to release them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We do not know entirely what is astir, but we can feel that the world is ready to throw itself into turmoil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A week later, the Haifa municipality was still astir as officials spoke of the amazing funeral.’
    • ‘Something is astir in Bilin - mass Palestinian demonstrations based on non-violence and Israeli participation.’
    • ‘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.’
    crowded, bustling, swarming, teeming, astir, buzzing, hectic, full, thronged, thronging, lively, vibrant
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    1. 1.1Awake 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.