At one time it is the starer who comes in for his reprobation.
I know he, was always a starer, and I say again I don't like him.
He was not in the least the kind of young man who appraises passing women, very far from a starer.
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.
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.
"starling," from Old English (see starling).