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stare

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verb (used without object), stared, star·ing.
  1. to gaze fixedly and intently, especially with the eyes wide open.
  2. to be boldly or obtrusively conspicuous: The bright modern painting stares out at you in the otherwise conservative gallery.
  3. (of hair, feathers, etc.) to stand on end; bristle.
verb (used with object), stared, star·ing.
  1. to stare at: to stare a person up and down.
  2. to effect or have a certain effect on by staring: to stare one out of countenance.
noun
  1. a staring gaze; a fixed look with the eyes wide open: The banker greeted him with a glassy stare.
Verb Phrases
  1. stare down, to cause to become uncomfortable by gazing steadily at one; overcome by staring: A nonsmoker at the next table tried to stare me down.
Idioms
  1. stare one in the face, to be urgent or impending; confront: The income-tax deadline is staring us in the face.

Origin of stare

before 900; Middle English staren, Old English starian; cognate with Dutch staren, German starren, Old Norse stara; akin to stark, starve
Related formsstar·er, nounstar·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. See gaze.
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Examples from the Web for starer

Historical Examples

  • I know he, was always a starer, and I say again I don't like him.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton

  • At one time it is the Starer who comes in for his reprobation.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century

    Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton

  • He was not in the least the kind of young man who appraises passing women, very far from a starer.

    Red Fleece

    Will Levington Comfort

  • He would have asked the starer what the devil he was looking at, but Horace was incapable of incivility.

  • The starer, without once taking his eyes off Horace, rose, advanced to the little window and thrust through it an oversized card.


British Dictionary definitions for starer

stare1

verb
  1. (intr often foll by at) to look or gaze fixedly, often with hostility or rudeness
  2. (intr) (of an animal's fur, bird's feathers, etc) to stand on end because of fear, ill health, etc
  3. (intr) to stand out as obvious; glare
  4. stare one in the face to be glaringly obvious or imminent
noun
  1. the act or an instance of staring
Derived Formsstarer, noun

Word Origin

Old English starian; related to Old Norse stara, Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos stiff, Latin consternāre to confuse

stare2

noun
  1. dialect a starling

Word Origin

Old English stær
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Word Origin and History for starer

stare

v.

Old English starian "to look fixedly at," from Proto-Germanic *star- "be rigid" (cf. Old Norse stara, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staren, Old High German staren, German starren "to stare at;" German starren "to stiffen," starr "stiff;" Old Norse storr "proud;" Old High German storren "to stand out, project;" Gothic andstaurran "to be obstinate"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (cf. Lithuanian storas "thick," stregti "to become frozen;" Sanskrit sthirah "hard, firm;" Persian suturg "strong;" Old Church Slavonic staru "old;" cf. sterile and torpor). Not originally implying rudeness. Related: Stared; staring.

stare

n.

"starling," from Old English (see starling).

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