Definition of stirrer in English:



  • 1An object or mechanical device used for stirring something.

    • ‘Shakers and stirrers are sculptural, and martini glasses come in many different colors.’
    • ‘As soon as police told McDonalds of the spoon's sinister use, the stirrer was redesigned with a flat end to make it useless to drug pushers.’
    • ‘Aeration and stirring of the nutrient solution was performed using a compressed air pump and a magnetic stirrer, respectively.’
    • ‘The growth medium sample was made up to 500 ml with tap water, then stirred full speed with a magnetic stirrer (Voss Instruments Ltd, Maldon, Essex, UK) for 4 min.’
    • ‘The kitchen is outside, in a separate little hut, where a few dented dishes and cups, one cooking pot and a wooden stirrer lie scattered around a mud-and-tin oven.’
    • ‘Even new swizzle sticks which are also referred to as stirrers or picks, depending on whether their ends are pointy or not, can be quite high-priced.’
    • ‘The buffer was stirred with a magnetic stirrer.’
    • ‘His pot stirrer was certainly one of the most unusual but interesting projects at the exhibition.’
    • ‘After the complete dissolution of chitosan, the clay powder was added (final concentration of 1%) and stirred for 1 h by a magnetic stirrer.’
    • ‘If you don't have a cupboard full of strainers, shakers, blenders and stirrers, my advice is to build your drink.’
    • ‘The refreshing drink, or soup, consisting of finely chopped cucumber and fennel with crushed garlic, mixed with yoghurt and water, was served cold in tall glasses with much appreciated long plastic pirate swords as stirrers.’
    • ‘The irradiations were performed in a thermostated cylindrical glass cuvette (2 cm diameter X 2 cm length) fitted with a magnetic stirrer.’
    • ‘The pans cook 500 pounds of rice at a time - the factory boils 15 tons a day - while the sauces are cooked in 1,000-and 2,000-pound kettles with internal stirrers.’
    • ‘Try the first-rate mojitos, served with a sugar-cane stirrer, or a potent sangria, amped up with top-shelf liquors.’
    • ‘Pens and cocktail stirrers made of the same material look innovative.’
    • ‘They are scattered around the yard, sipping exotic drinks with fancy stirrers and smoking long cigarettes.’
    • ‘Utensil storage for stirrers and cocktail napkins, as well as glass storage, are also necessary.’
    • ‘When I first began my course at the beginning of the year, there was a tray of forks, spoons, stirrers, sugar, salt, pepper and serviettes permanently on a shelf, which everyone could have access to.’
    • ‘Our place allows for painting with coffee stirrers, and we are the refueling station for ketchup and mustard packets used in paintings and children's drawings.’
    • ‘I've just noticed that the Cafe Car has a big jar of wooden - not plastic - coffee stirrers right there on the counter.’
    blender, food processor, liquidizer, beater, churn, whisk
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  • 2British informal A person who deliberately causes trouble between others by spreading rumours or gossip.

    • ‘He said she was a stirrer and a tell tat and he was really mad.’
    • ‘George says the Executive Council and Cabinet decide when to launch commissions of enquiry - and not mud-chucking political stirrers.’
    • ‘And that might have been the end of it, the end of him as public figure, stirrer, maverick.’
    • ‘I'm only glad it was caught on camera or otherwise I'd have been branded a stirrer.’
    • ‘Unlike Walter, he is a stirrer, a deliberately provocative commentator and a freewheeling iconoclast, infamous for his relentless critique of the American government and military.’
    • ‘Sometimes science requires stirrers to shift the dead weight of unthinking complacency.’
    • ‘This is very pleasing to me - someone who is grateful for mature stirring by a public medium such as Crikey, but who generally finds severe limitations and shortcomings in the calibre of the stirrers and the quality of their comments.’
    • ‘The thing was Faye had every quality I didn't like in a person, she was a hypocrite, a gossip, she was amoral, had no ambition, no self respect, no value of privacy, her own or otherwise and she was a real stirrer.’
    • ‘Instead of being a ‘showbiz rabble rouser’, as he styles himself, he is a safe stirrer, a populist pundit working within limited areas of controversy.’
    • ‘Well, that's David of the University of Western Australia, professor of physics, with his gravity waves and I've just been joined by another prize winner who in fact, I don't want to put this unkindly, is a stirrer, is that right?’
    • ‘The ones that burn flags are just a bunch of stirrers.’
    • ‘The only people who will miss out will be the stirrers and the radicals, and the shroud-wavers and prejudice pedlars in the National Party and ACT.’
    • ‘I thought once that you wrote the column tongue in cheek, as provocative as possible, an Aussie stirrer.’
    • ‘At least I tried to stop the practice of bogus non-resident accounts but I was dismissed as a maverick or some would say a stirrer.’
    • ‘It made particular sense with him, who has a bit of a reputation as a pot stirrer.’
    • ‘It's an oddly reasonable attitude for a stirrer, even one whose inappropriate questions are almost concealed by his soothing good manners.’
    • ‘She was a well known stirrer and trouble maker; she was a tart and a tease and succeeded in getting half the boys in the neighbourhood beaten to a pulp by her four thuggish elder brothers.’
    • ‘Some of the best moments of my visit have been meeting the local movers and shakers - stirrers and mixers.’
    • ‘And a final point, it is illegal to target redundancies on the basis of age, sex etc, and it is also thought a bit crass to try and get rid of troublemakers and stirrers.’
    • ‘Am I on the mark in thinking of you as mainly a political stirrer?’