[ steer-ing ]
/ ˈstɪər ɪŋ /


the discriminatory practice by a real estate agent of maneuvering a client from a minority group away from considering a home in a white neighborhood.

Nearby words

  1. steer clear of,
  2. steerage,
  3. steerageway,
  4. steerer,
  5. steerhide,
  6. steering column,
  7. steering committee,
  8. steering gear,
  9. steering wheel,
  10. steersman

Origin of steering

First recorded in 1975–80

Related formsself-steer·ing, adjective


[ 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)


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

Origin of steer

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 ]
/ stɪər /

verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for steering


/ (stɪə) /



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


/ (stɪə) /


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 steering
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Idioms and Phrases with steering


In addition to the idiom beginning with steer

  • steer clear of

also see:

  • bum steer
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