Definition of stirring in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstəriNG/ /ˈstərɪŋ/

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  • 1Causing great excitement or strong emotion; rousing.

    ‘stirring songs’
    • ‘Congratulations and thank you to all those talented actors, musicians and movie makers involved for such an emotionally stirring and historical event.’
    • ‘Ironically, it was also he who wrote a stirring love song, lamenting the end of the wining, an ode to Carnival itself, as he marked its passing.’
    • ‘Dressed in a simple and austere white, the students filled the auditorium with their stirring songs.’
    • ‘His lack of stage fright is combined with an equal desire to inspire audiences, either through a motivating speech or a stirring song.’
    • ‘She presents this stirring song cycle in praise of St Kilda's unique mixture of gravel, asphalt, sand and loose chippings.’
    • ‘Rock's spiritual, political and emotional content was stirring and important, and it gave us strength.’
    • ‘In the middle of a stirring love song, he arrives fashionably late.’
    • ‘Next came scores of Yeshiva students singing stirring songs about the greatness of the Torah.’
    • ‘While they draw you in by making you feel part of the stirring action, great football films also produce an emotional connection.’
    • ‘The show is packed full of stirring anthems, plaintive laments and unforgettable love songs sung by a first-class cast and backed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra.’
    • ‘There are lots of stirring, wonderful songs on All In A Dream.’
    • ‘Those magnificent men in the Maroon, those glorious memories, and those vignettes from the past of stirring feats and heady conquests.’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with being afraid - such a stirring event produces a wide roller-coaster of emotions.’
    • ‘Never have I listened to an album with such a range of emotions on top of such stirring music.’
    • ‘The skirl of the bagpipes provided a stirring backdrop, and his skin tingled with excitement.’
    • ‘Like his Uncle Billy, he had strong convictions and the gift of a stirring voice.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, for a band that was once so mellow they called one of their songs ‘Nyquil,’ this is stirring stuff.’
    • ‘Patriotism becomes articulated through passion, and passion can indeed spur the emergence of stirring words.’
    • ‘In unison, we all broke out in a stirring rendition of the Canadian national anthem.’
    • ‘So when it comes to picking a rousing anthem, we're somewhat stuck for stirring subject matter.’
    exciting, thrilling, action-packed, gripping, riveting, dramatic, rousing, spirited, stimulating, moving, inspiring, inspirational, electrifying, passionate, impassioned, emotive, emotional, emotion-charged, heady, soul-stirring
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  • 2archaic Moving briskly; active.

    ‘a stirring and thriving politician’
    • ‘I am now living in north-eastern Tasmania, a place called Deviot and our home overlooks a stirring river called the Tamar.’


  • An initial sign of activity, movement, or emotion.

    ‘the first stirrings of anger’
    • ‘He shook his head, feeling stirrings of emotions he hadn't felt for too long.’
    • ‘The trick is to put those memories away until you can really recognize them as memories, not as stirrings of rekindled emotion.’
    • ‘Like the first breath of spring after a long and stultifying winter, these first stirrings are signs of hope.’
    • ‘Today, there are stirrings of a national movement for democracy in American higher education.’
    • ‘It was also at this period that there were the first stirrings of a national movement in Wales.’
    • ‘Many present argued the left needs to build on the new political mood that the anti-war movement and the stirrings of industrial confidence have created.’
    • ‘As the mighty American assault force makes its way to the Indian Ocean, there are ominous stirrings of popular anger in the region.’
    • ‘If a key to change is political activism, then what better than political art to catalyse activist stirrings in sleeping souls.’
    • ‘When I did not hit, I had to respond to the first stirrings of my anger so that I did not respond when my emotions or my actions were out of control.’
    • ‘Today there are similar stirrings in the antisweatshop, fair-trade and immigrant rights movements.’
    • ‘Great stirrings are afoot in digital photography.’
    • ‘If you truly believe that the early stirrings of corporate restructuring and improved transparency in Malaysia are real, there is a way to play this market.’
    • ‘His rigorous non-narrative dances do not evade, but more deeply express, the universal stirrings of such tales.’
    • ‘Social unrest and nationalistic stirrings were very prevalent.’
    • ‘It perfectly captures the state of excited, nervous, somewhat bewildered optimism that can accompany the first stirrings of attraction to someone new.’
    • ‘But in the past few years, there have been stirrings of change.’
    • ‘It is likely to be even more in the news, for there are quietly insistent stirrings that this silent Pennsylvania field is not receiving the attention that it deserves.’
    • ‘The stirrings of doubt had begun to twitch before that.’
    • ‘Tomorrow he has to deliver his Pre-Budget Report; he will do so in a context of economic slowdown and the first stirrings of a possible Tory revival.’
    • ‘Not a great fan of doubles in my own country, I begin to feel the stirrings of patriotism as I share the universal Jamaican love for the patty.’