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Astir

[ə-STER]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: English, 18th century

1.

In a state of excited movement.

2.

Awake and out of bed.

Examples of Astir in a sentence

"The subway station was astir with traffic, buskers, and uncertain tourists."

"John was surprised to find that his children were astir and preparing for school."

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About Astir

This word developed from the combination of “a” (on) and the noun “stir” (a slight physical movement).

Did you Know?

Every metropolis has the reputation of being astir at all hours, but none more so than New York City. While NYC is the OG “City that Never Sleeps,” other cities have also assumed this bustling moniker — from Las Vegas, Nevada to Tokyo, Japan.

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