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astir

[uh-stur] /əˈstɜr/
adjective
1.
moving or stirring, especially with much activity or excitement:
The field was astir with small animals, birds, and insects.
2.
up and about; out of bed.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see a-1, stir1
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British Dictionary definitions for astir

astir

/əˈstɜː/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
awake and out of bed
2.
in motion; on the move
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Word Origin and History for astir
adv.

"up and about," 1823, from phrase on the stir, or from Scottish asteer; from stir. Old English had astyrian, which yielded Middle English ben astired "be stirred up, excited, aroused."

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