verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of steer1
noun, plural steers, (especially collectively) steer.
Origin of steer2
verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect.
Examples from the Web for steer
Contemporary Examples of steer
And Epstein continues to steer money toward universities to advance scientific research.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
A successful trend-maker might be able to steer a conversation, but virality remains extremely difficult to predict.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
In first person, Grand Theft Auto lets you be the kind of criminal you want to be, rather than just steer one.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
I have just been the man in the middle, trying to make sure that we steer the right course.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of steer
Peart and cunnin', but a heap too wise fur you, son; take my steer on that.
Garmer tried to steer me off this line of stocks the other night.
I was tired of trying to steer a course for myself, with no compass to go by.The Conquest of Fear
Taking Misargyrides' arm and attempting to steer him off-stage.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Well, I'll tell you somethin'—will you put down a good bet if I steer you straight?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Word Origin for steer
Word Origin for steer
"guide the course of a vehicle," Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *steurijanan (cf. Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering" (cf. Old English steor "helm, rudder," German Steuer and first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Greek stauros "stake, pole"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.
"young ox," Old English steor "bullock," from Proto-Germanic *steuraz (cf. Old Saxon stior, Old Norse stjorr, Swedish tjur, Danish tyr, Middle Dutch, Dutch, German stier, Gothic stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, a root denoting "strength, sturdiness" (see taurus).
In addition to the idiom beginning with steer
- steer clear of
- bum steer