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.

Nearby words

  1. steeplechase,
  2. steeplechaser,
  3. steeplechasing,
  4. steeplejack,
  5. steeply,
  6. steer clear of,
  7. steerage,
  8. steerageway,
  9. steerer,
  10. steerhide

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

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

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English stēor; cognate with Dutch, German Stier, Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur

steer

3
[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for steer

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

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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Word Origin and History for steer
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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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