steer

1
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

verb (used with object)

to guide the course of (something in motion) by a rudder, helm, wheel, etc.: to steer a bicycle.
to follow or pursue (a particular course).
to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town.

verb (used without object)

noun

Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip: He got a good steer about finding the right job.

Idioms

    steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid: She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.

Origin of steer

1
before 900; Middle English steren, Old English stēoran, akin to stēor steering, guidance; cognate with German steuern, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan
Related formssteer·a·ble, adjectivesteer·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·steer·a·ble, adjective

Definition for steer (2 of 3)

steer

2
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

noun, plural steers, (especially collectively) steer.

a male bovine that is castrated before sexual maturity, especially one raised for beef.

Origin of steer

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before 900; Middle English; Old English stēor; cognate with Dutch, German Stier, Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur

Definition for steer (3 of 3)

steer

3
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect.

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British Dictionary definitions for steer (1 of 2)

steer

1
/ (stɪə) /

verb

noun

mainly US information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)
Derived Formssteerable, adjectivesteerer, noun

Word Origin for steer

Old English stieran; related to Old Frisian stiūra, Old Norse stӯra, German stevern; see starboard, stern ²

British Dictionary definitions for steer (2 of 2)

steer

2
/ (stɪə) /

noun

a castrated male ox or bull; bullock

Word Origin for steer

Old English stēor; related to Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Old High German stior, Middle Dutch stēr
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Idioms and Phrases with steer

steer


In addition to the idiom beginning with steer

  • steer clear of

also see:

  • bum steer
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