Meaning of astir in English:


Pronunciation /əˈstəː/

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Translate astir into Spanish


  • 1In a state of excited movement.

    ‘the streets are all 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 group of 42 young South Korean women set the city astir this past week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I walked away, my feelings astir and confusing my already troubled mind.’
    • ‘Moments later, the room was astir, with half a dozen instructors and guards, all working to release them.’
    • ‘A week later, the Haifa municipality was still astir as officials spoke of the amazing funeral.’
    • ‘When news of the gruesome homicide began to trickle out, the Washington Post newsroom was astir.’
    • ‘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.’
    crowded, bustling, swarming, teeming, astir, buzzing, hectic, full, thronged, thronging, lively, vibrant
    1. 1.1Awake 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.