Synonyms of stir in English:

stir


See definition of stir

verb

1‘use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture’

SYNONYMS

mix, blend, agitate

beat, whip, whisk, fold in

North American muddle

2‘Travis stirred in his sleep’

SYNONYMS

move slightly, change one's position, twitch, quiver, tremble

3‘a gentle breeze stirred the leaves’

SYNONYMS

disturb, rustle, shake, move, flutter, agitate, swish

4‘when Ruth eventually stirred, it was nearly lunchtime’

SYNONYMS

get up, get out of bed, rouse oneself, bestir oneself, rise, show signs of life, be up and about, be active

wake up, awaken, waken

informal be up and doing, rise and shine, surface

literary arise

ANTONYMS

go to bed, retire

5‘you won't even have to stir out of your office’

SYNONYMS

leave, depart from, go out of

move from, budge from, make a move from, shift from

ANTONYMS

stay, stay put

6‘her imagination was stirred by the thought’

SYNONYMS

arouse, rouse, kindle, inspire, stimulate, excite, awaken, waken, quicken, animate, activate, galvanize, fire, electrify, whet

literary enkindle

ANTONYMS

stultify

7‘the outbreak of the war stirred him to action’

SYNONYMS

spur, drive, rouse, prompt, propel, prod, move, motivate, encourage

urge, impel, induce

provoke, goad, prick, sting, incite, inflame

North American light a fire under


noun

1‘the event caused quite a stir’

SYNONYMS

commotion, disturbance, fuss, ado, excitement, flurry, uproar, ferment, brouhaha, furore, turmoil, sensation

informal to-do, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, flap, song and dance, splash

British informal kerfuffle


Phrases

    stir one's stumps

      ‘'Stir your stumps, girl!' he shouted’

      SYNONYMS

      be quick, look smart, hurry up, speed up

      British informal

      make it snappy, get cracking, get moving, step on it, step on the gas, rattle one's dags

      British informal

      get one's skates on

      North American British informal

      get a wiggle on

      South African British informal

      put foot

    stir something up

      ‘his remarks stirred up a furore’

      SYNONYMS

      whip up, work up, foment, fan the flames of, trigger, spark off, excite, provoke, instigate, incite

      cause, precipitate, produce, generate, give rise to

      ANTONYMS

      stifle, suppress