1 Often, stir up. agitate, shake (up), mix (up), scramble, amalgamate, mingle, commingle, intermingle, merge, blend, fold (in), churn (up), beat, whip (up):
Stir all the ingredients together.
2 move, rise, arise, get up, bestir (oneself), be up and about, Colloq get a move on, get moving, get a wiggle on, shake a leg, look or step lively, look alive, stir one's stumps:
It is about time you were up and stirring.
3 disturb, trouble, affect, upset, stimulate, activate:
The play stirred the conscience of the king. Mention 'diet' to Roberta and you'll stir up a wasp's nest.
4 Often, stir up. motivate, encourage, stimulate, energize, galvanize, electrify, animate, excite, inspire, provoke, move, rouse, arouse, get, prompt, urge, incite, spur, prod, induce, persuade, convince:
What will it take to stir the council to take action? The usual rabble-rousers were there, stirring up the crowd.
5 Often, stir up. awaken, rouse, (cause to) recall or call to mind, revive, resuscitate:
Those photographs stir up so many old memories!
6 bustle, activity, movement, stirring, action, commotion, flurry, confusion, tumult, ado, to-do, fuss, disturbance, excitement, hubbub, Colloq Brit kerfuffle:
There was a stir at the door, which was flung wide to allow Kitty to sweep in. The news of her marriage caused quite a stir.
7 prison, jail or Brit also gaol, jail-house, clink, penitentiary, lock-up, Military Brit glasshouse, US brig, Slang chiefly Brit quod, US big house, pen, slammer, can, calaboose:
He claims he's in stir for something he didn't do.