- to gaze fixedly and intently, especially with the eyes wide open.
- to be boldly or obtrusively conspicuous: The bright modern painting stares out at you in the otherwise conservative gallery.
- (of hair, feathers, etc.) to stand on end; bristle.
- to stare at: to stare a person up and down.
- to effect or have a certain effect on by staring: to stare one out of countenance.
- a staring gaze; a fixed look with the eyes wide open: The banker greeted him with a glassy stare.
- 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.
- stare one in the face, to be urgent or impending; confront: The income-tax deadline is staring us in the face.
Origin of stare
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Examples from the Web for stares
There were stares, gestures, and quiet conversations at the desk.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
He rests lavishly, depicted in a marble sarcophagus that stares up for eternity at the carved depictions of his life story.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
Bakari reaches out, strokes Bundy's cheek and stares into his eyes longingly.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
She stares at me like I've asked her how she learned to chew solid food.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
Ten-year-old Yasmine al Attar stares at me from under her dark curled bangs.Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate
July 30, 2014
What the boys thought of her could only be determined from their stares.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He stares at me, wondering how I come there, and I stare at him, wondering how he comes there.The Uncommercial Traveller
He indicates an imaginary abyss, which Jem stares at dubiously.
He wakes; he stares with wonder; he sees a female not less fair than Medora.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The Frenchman stares more than ever, as if anxious to understand.The Universal Reciter
- (intr often foll by at) to look or gaze fixedly, often with hostility or rudeness
- (intr) (of an animal's fur, bird's feathers, etc) to stand on end because of fear, ill health, etc
- (intr) to stand out as obvious; glare
- stare one in the face to be glaringly obvious or imminent
- the act or an instance of staring
- dialect a starling
Word Origin and History for stares
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).