• noun: a beginning of motion or activity
  • adjective: causing strong feelings
  • + 'of'
  • synonyms: exciting, awakening, animating


  • “Not a creature was 'stirring'” <aq>Clement Moore, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (1822)</aq>

  • She gave a 'stirring' [='moving'] speech at the awards banquet.

  • We felt the first 'stirrings of' hope when we heard the news.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) Or Big Fellow! All right. Well, this is fine with me. Mrs. Jackson. Hosea Williams. Or Castro! Oh, yeah, that's a long story. Those grits, they need some stirring. Mind? You put your foot in it now. Ain't you supposed to be on a diet? Somebody call Juanita. - There's a phone! (..)
    2014 Selma
  • (..) down at the rest home, ain't that right? Yes. Wonder what old Dunn'll say when I tell him one of his gals is down here stirring a fuss. I ain't stirring no fuss. I'm just here trying to register to vote. It's all right this time. It's right when I say it's right. Recite the Constitution's preamble. (..)
    2014 Selma