- 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 stared
The kid moved back to the corner of the building, stared at the car.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
An older bro wore a red bow tie and a yarmulke emblazoned with the “TEAM MITCH” logo as he stared down at his smartphone intently.Mitch’s Brotastic Victory Bash
November 5, 2014
They stared as we bounced along outrageously potholed roads.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines
August 13, 2014
The crowd of more than 200 stared down a wall of riot police and said their piece, loudly and peacefully.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops
August 13, 2014
A dream that my mom had also seen, as she stared into the eyes of the baby girl whom she named Uzoamaka.Uzo Aduba: My Road to ‘Orange Is the New Black’
August 4, 2014
Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Dick turned to the window, and stared at the mellow evening sky.Viviette
William J. Locke
Gilder stared at her for a few seconds, somewhat indignantly.Within the Law
It stared straight on into the dark, as if it had no more to do with the light!Weighed and Wanting
Alleyne stared open-eyed at this tigress who had sprung so suddenly to his rescue.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (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 stared
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).