stare

verb
\ ˈster How to pronounce stare (audio) \
stared; staring

Definition of stare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes
2 : to show oneself conspicuously the error stared from the page
3 of hair : to stand on end : bristle also : to appear rough and lusterless

transitive verb

1 : to have an effect on by staring
2 : to look at with a searching or earnest gaze
stare one in the face
: to be undeniably and forcefully evident or apparent

stare

noun

Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of staring a blank stare

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from stare

Verb

starer noun

Synonyms for stare

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of stare in a Sentence

Verb She stared out the window. His mother told him not to stare. Noun They looked at me with accusing stares. caught the child's wide-eyed stare on film
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two employees at an Omega boutique stare into space as pedestrians walk by without a glance at the watches on display. Shawna Kwan, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Scare Empties Malls on World’s Priciest Shopping Strip," 10 May 2020 The rest of my peers stare back at me, practically comatose with boredom. EW.com, "First look: YA powerhouse Marissa Meyer returns with debut rom-com 'Instant Karma'," 27 Apr. 2020 Paying tuition for my son to stare for months at his laptop screen in his bedroom at home? Damon Linker, TheWeek, "When time stops," 17 Apr. 2020 Flocks of people walked past the scene on a sidewalk across the street, with a few stopping to stare for a few minutes. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "Officials: Woman found dead on Loop sidewalk after apparent suicide," 27 July 2019 The two stare at each other, and a lot passes between them without words. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Outlander recap: I will always sing for you," 13 Apr. 2020 Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (HBO) When life gets you down, stare at a dog for 81 minutes. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "51 hopeful movies that will make you feel good about life, now streaming on Netflix and more," 16 Mar. 2020 Outside of the Staples Center, fans and pedestrians stop and stare at the house that Kobe built. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Dodgers could make Mookie Betts the face of the franchise," 14 Feb. 2020 The video shows the stunned woman stop talking for a moment and stare as if shocked. Washington Post, "Man videotaped slapping reporter’s rear on live TV charged," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yes, there’s full-frontal nudity, but more impactful are the prolonged stares, breathy kisses and subtle skin grazes loaded with meaning. Los Angeles Times, "This is how ‘Normal People’ made some of TV’s steamiest sex scenes," 1 May 2020 The rodent was spotted sitting outside Kristin Chalela Bagnell's sliding glass door in a deep stare, munching on the pizza slice and unfazed by the two dogs on the other side. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "First there was 'Pizza Rat,' now there's 'Pizza Groundhog'," 15 Apr. 2020 Another, who had struck us with her flexibility and catlike stare, sat between me and my friend and talked candidly about how stripping had given her insight into other people’s desires. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 The chorus, illuminated with what feels like celestial brightness by the designer Keith Parham, first stare at their audience and then head for the aisles, welcoming us and shaking our hands and including us in their number. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: A fast-moving, idea-filled ‘Oedipus’ at Court Theatre begins in church," 17 Nov. 2019 After one little spritz, my pups are completely silent, scurrying next to me and promptly entering into a (semi) permanent sit-and-stare-into-my-eyes position. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "This $6 Dog Training Tool Is the Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 5 Sep. 2019 But the relative freedom also has its downsides, like when the CCC’s most pressing request was met with the equivalent of blank stares from the state’s leaders earlier this month. BostonGlobe.com, "Pot law fallout stacking up in Legislature - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 Based on the fragmented nature of TV viewing, one suspects the most prevalent reaction to most of the winners from potential viewers would be blank stares. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Emmys could use a regular home after record-low ratings," 23 Sep. 2019 That said, head room is claustrophobic with the sunroof, particularly for adults, as your stare into the ceiling mounted air vents. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Highlander review: A vehicle sure to excite any parent," 22 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stare.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stare

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stare

Verb

Middle English, from Old English starian; akin to Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos solid, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stare

Time Traveler for stare

Time Traveler

The first known use of stare was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for stare

Last Updated

22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stare. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stare

stare

verb
How to pronounce stare (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

stare

verb
\ ˈster How to pronounce stare (audio) \
stared; staring

Kids Definition of stare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at hard and long often with wide-open eyes

stare

noun

Kids Definition of stare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of looking at hard and long

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stare

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for stare

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stare

Spanish Central: Translation of stare

Nglish: Translation of stare for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stare for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stare

What made you want to look up stare? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!