Stare Definition

stâr
stared, stares, staring
verb
stared, stares, staring
To gaze or look steadily with eyes wide open, as in fear, admiration, wonder, incomprehension, etc.
Webster's New World
To look fixedly at.
To stare a person up and down.
Webster's New World
To stand out conspicuously.
Staring bones.
Webster's New World
To affect in a given way by staring.
To stare someone into confusion.
Webster's New World
To stand on end, as hair.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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noun
stares
The act of staring; steady or vacant look or gaze.
Webster's New World
An intent gaze.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary

(obsolete) A starling.

Wiktionary
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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idiom
stare in the face
  • To be plainly visible or obvious to (one); force itself on (one's) attention:

    The money on the table was staring her in the face.

  • To be obvious to (one) though initially overlooked:

    The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.

American Heritage
stare down
  • to stare back at (another) until the gaze of the one stared at is turned away
Webster's New World
stare someone in the face
  • to look at someone steadily and intently
  • to be imminent, pressing, or inescapable
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Stare

Noun

Singular:
stare
Plural:
stares

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Stare

Origin of Stare

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English staren from Old English starian ster-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English

    From Wiktionary

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