- (transitive) To arouse or excite (passion or action).
- 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:Episode 16:
- All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag […]
- (transitive) To mix (ingredients) by stirring.
- (transitive) To move or disturb slightly; to make turbid.
arouse or excite passion or action
to cause (trouble etc)
to make turbid
- “stir up” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- "stir up" in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
- "stir up" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.