Slump vs Stir - What's the difference?

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Slump is a related term of stir.

As nouns the difference between slump and stir

is that slump is a heavy or helpless collapse; a slouching or drooping posture; a period of poor activity or performance, especially an extended period while stir is scorpion.

As a verb slump

is (lb) to collapse heavily or helplessly.




  • (lb) To collapse heavily or helplessly.
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  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • (lb) To decline or fall off in activity or performance.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 29, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal , passage=The Gunners captain demonstrated his importance to the team by taking his tally to an outstanding 28 goals in 27 Premier League games as Chelsea slumped again after their shock defeat at QPR last week.}}
  • (lb) To slouch or droop.
  • (lb) To lump; to throw together messily.
  • * (1788-1856)
  • These different groupsare exclusively slumped together under that sense.
  • To fall or sink suddenly through or in, when walking on a surface, as on thawing snow or ice, a bog, etc.
  • * (Isaac Barrow) (1630-1677)
  • The latter walk on a bottomless quag, into which unawares they may slump .


    (en noun)
  • A heavy or helpless collapse; a slouching or drooping posture; a period of poor activity or performance, especially an extended period.
  • (Scotland, UK, dialect) A boggy place.
  • (Scotland) The noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place.
  • (Scotland) The gross amount; the mass; the lump.
  • Derived terms

    * slumplike


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) stiren, from (etyl) styrian, from (etyl) .


  • To change the place of in any manner; to move.
  • *(rfdate), (Sir William Temple)
  • *:My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir .
  • (lb) To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate.
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  • *(rfdate), (William Shakespeare)
  • *:My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred .
  • (lb) To agitate the content of (a container) by passing something through it.
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  • (lb) To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
  • *(rfdate), (Francis Bacon)
  • *:Stir not questions of jurisdiction.
  • (lb) To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
  • *(rfdate) (Chaucer)
  • *:To stir men to devotion.
  • *(rfdate), (William Shakespeare)
  • *:An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife.
  • *(rfdate), (John Dryden)
  • *:And for her sake some mutiny will stir .
  • *1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • *:That night he was almost too happy to sleep, and so much love stirred in his little sawdust heart that it almost burst.
  • (lb) To move; to change one’s position.
  • *(rfdate) (Byron)
  • *:I had not power to stir or strive, But felt that I was still alive.
  • (lb) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
  • *(rfdate) (Byron)
  • *:All are not fit with them to stir and toil.
  • *(rfdate) (Charles Merivale)
  • *:The friends of the unfortunate exile, far from resenting his unjust suspicions, were stirring anxiously in his behalf.
  • (lb) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
  • *(rfdate), (Isaac Watts)
  • *:They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon everything that stirs or appears.
  • To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
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  • *:"Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins," remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir ; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: "Mon dieu! Mon dieu! Che fais mourir! "
  • Usage notes
    * In all transitive senses except the first, (term) is often followed by (up) with an intensive effect; as, (term); (term).
    * (to move) incite; awaken; rouse; animate; stimulate; excite; provoke.
    Derived terms
    * stir-fry * stirrer * stir up * straw that stirs the drink


  • The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
  • * (rfdate), .
  • Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir ?
  • * (rfdate), .
  • ''Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of.
  • Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
  • * (rfdate), .
  • Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England.
  • Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
  • Etymology 2



  • (lb) Jail; prison.
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  • *:The Bat—they called him the Bat.. He'd never been in stir , the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  • Anagrams

    * * English ergative verbs ----