- Stare is defined as a fixed gaze that is held for a lengthy amount of time.
An example of stare is the reaction of many people after having seen a horrible accident take place.
- Stare means to look continuously at one point.
An example of stare is to look up at the night sky for a long time.
stare definition by Webster's New World
- to gaze or look steadily with eyes wide open, as in fear, admiration, wonder, incomprehension, etc.
- Now Rare
- to stand out conspicuously: staring bones
- to stand on end, as hair
Origin: Middle English staren ; from Old English starian, akin to Old Norse stara ; from Germanic an unverified form stara-, having fixed eyes, rigid ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ter-, rigid, stiff from source stark, Classical Greek strēnēs, hard
- to look fixedly at: to stare a person up and down
- to affect in a given way by staring: to stare someone into confusion
- starer noun
stare definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb stared stared, star·ing, stares verb, intransitive
- To look directly and fixedly, often with a wide-eyed gaze. See Synonyms at gaze.
- To be conspicuous; stand out.
- To stand on end; bristle, as hair or feathers.
Origin: Middle English staren, from Old English starian; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
- starˈer noun
stare - Phrases/Idioms
stare someone in the face
- to look at someone steadily and intently
- to be imminent, pressing, or inescapable
stare (one) in the face
- To be plainly visible or obvious; force itself on (one's) attention: The money on the table was staring her in the face.
- To be obvious though initially overlooked: The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.
- To be imminent or unavoidable: Bankruptcy now stares us in the face.