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stirring

[stur-ing] /ˈstɜr ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
rousing, exciting, or thrilling:
a stirring speech.
2.
moving, active, bustling, or lively:
a stirring business.
noun, Usually, stirrings
3.
a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling:
stirrings of hope.
4.
a small movement: the best thing she could do was to pretend that her husband's nocturnal stirrings didn't wake her.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English stiringe, Old English styriende. See stir1, -ing2
Related forms
stirringly, adverb
unstirring, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-stirring

stirring

/ˈstɜːrɪŋ/
adjective
1.
exciting the emotions; stimulating
2.
active, lively, or busy
Derived Forms
stirringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un-stirring

stirring

n.

"a beginning to move," mid-14c., verbal noun from stir (v). Figurative sense by late 14c. Related: Stirrings.

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