astir

astir

[uh-stur]
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:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see a-1, stir1

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astir (əˈstɜː)
 
adj
1.  awake and out of bed
2.  in motion; on the move

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astir
"up and about," 1823, from phrase on the stir, or from Scottish asteer; from stir (q.v.).
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