- stare [ster]vi.stared, staring [ME staren < OE starian, akin to ON stara < Gmc * stara-, having fixed eyes, rigid < IE base * (s)ter-, rigid, stiff > STARK, Gr strēnēs, hard]1. to gaze or look steadily with eyes wide open, as in fear, admiration, wonder, incomprehension, etc.2. Now Rarea) to stand out conspicuously [staring bones]b) to stand on end, as hairvt.1. to look fixedly at [to stare a person up and down]2. to affect in a given way by staring [to stare someone into confusion]n.the act of staring; steady or vacant look or gaze——————stare downto stare back at (another) until the gaze of the one stared at is turned away——————stare someone in the face1. to look at someone steadily and intently2. to be imminent, pressing, or inescapablestarern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.