verb \ˈster\

: to look at someone or something for a long time often with your eyes wide open


Full Definition of STARE

intransitive verb
:  to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes
:  to show oneself conspicuously <the error stared from the page>
of hair :  to stand on end :  bristle; also :  to appear rough and lusterless
transitive verb
:  to have an effect on by staring
:  to look at with a searching or earnest gaze
star·er noun
stare one in the face
:  to be undeniably and forcefully evident or apparent

Examples of STARE

  1. She stared out the window.
  2. His mother told him not to stare.

Origin of STARE

Middle English, from Old English starian; akin to Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos solid, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the act of looking directly at someone or something for a long time : the act of staring

Full Definition of STARE

:  the act or an instance of staring <a blank stare>

Examples of STARE

  1. They looked at me with accusing stares.
  2. <caught the child's wide-eyed stare on film>

First Known Use of STARE

15th century

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