- 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 *starjanÄ…, *staraijanÄ… (“to be fixed, be rigid"), from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strÄ“- (“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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.