- 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.
intransitive verbstared, staring
- 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 of stareMiddle 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
stare someone in the face
- to look at someone steadily and intently
- to be imminent, pressing, or inescapable
verbstared stared, star·ing, stares
Origin of stareMiddle English staren, from Old English starian; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present stares, present participle staring, simple past and past participle stared)
- (intransitive, construed with at) To look fixedly (at something).
- to be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy
- staring windows or colours
- Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive.
- A persistent gaze.
- the stares of astonished passers-by
From Middle English staren, from Old English starian (“to stare”), from Proto-Germanic *starjaną, *staraijaną (“to be fixed, be rigid”), from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strē- (“strong, steady”). Cognate with Dutch staren (“to stare”), German starren (“to stare”), Norwegian stare (“to stare”), German starr (“stiff”). More at start.
- (obsolete) A starling.