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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stareverb

    a fixed look with eyes open wide

  2. gaze, stareverb

    look at with fixed eyes

    "The students stared at the teacher with amazement"

  3. stareverb

    fixate one's eyes

    "The ancestor in the painting is staring down menacingly"


  1. starenoun

    A persistent gaze.

  2. stareverb

    To look fixedly (at something).

  3. Etymology: From staren, from starian, from starājanan, from stere-. Cognate with staren, starren, stare, starr. More at start.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Starenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The balls of his broad eyes roll’d in his head,
    And glar’d betwixt a yellow and a red:
    He look’d a lion with a gloomy stare,
    And o’er his eyebrows hung his matted hair. Dryden.

  2. To STAREverb

    Etymology: starian , Saxon; sterren, Dutch.

    Her modest eyes, abashed to behold
    So many gazers, as on her do stare,
    Upon the lowly ground affixed are. Edmund Spenser.

    Their staring eyes, sparkling with fervent fire,
    And ugly shapes, did nigh the man dismay,
    That, were it not for shame, he would retire. Fa. Queen.

    Look not big, nor stare nor fret:
    I will be master of what is mine own. William Shakespeare.

    They were never satisfied with staring upon their masts, sails, cables, ropes, and tacklings. George Abbot.

    I hear
    The tread of many feet steering this way;
    Perhaps my enemies, who come to stare
    At my affliction, and perhaps t’ insult. John Milton, Agonistes.

    A satyr that comes staring from the woods,
    Must not at first speak like an orator. Edmund Waller.

    And while he stares around with stupid eyes,
    His brows with berries and his temples dies. Dryden.

    What do’st thou make a shipboard?
    Art thou of Bethlem’s noble college free?
    Stark staring mad, that thou should’st tempt the sea? Dryd.

    Struggling, and wildly staring on the skies
    With scarce recover’d sight. John Dryden, Æn.

    Trembling the miscreant stood;
    He star’d and roll’d his haggard eyes around. Dryden.

    Break out in crackling flames to shun thy snare,
    Or hiss a dragon, or a tyger stare. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Why do’st thou not
    Try the virtue of that gorgon face,
    To stare me into statue? Dryden.

    I was unluckily prevented by the presence of a bear, which, as I approached with my present, threw his eyes in my way, and stared me out of my resolution. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    The wit at his elbow gave him a touch upon the shoulder, and stared him in the face with so bewitching a grin, that the whistler relaxed his fibres. Addison.

    Has paid a tradesman once, to make him stare. Alexander Pope.

    Gods! shall the ravisher display your hair,
    While the fops envy and the ladies stare. Alexander Pope.

    Through nature and through art she rang’d,
    And gracefully her subject chang’d:
    In vain; her hearers had no share
    In all she spoke, except to stare. Jonathan Swift.

    Is it possible for people, without scruple to offend against the law, which they carry about them in indelible characters, and that stares them in the face, whilst they are breaking it? John Locke.

    Take off all the staring straws and jaggs in the hive, and make them smooth. John Mortimer, Husbandry.


  1. stare

    To look fixedly or blankly at someone or something with eyes wide open, often in surprise, admiration or thought.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starenoun

    the starling

  2. Stareverb

    to look with fixed eyes wide open, as through fear, wonder, surprise, impudence, etc.; to fasten an earnest and prolonged gaze on some object

  3. Stareverb

    to be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, color, or brilliancy; as, staring windows or colors

  4. Stareverb

    to stand out; to project; to bristle

  5. Stareverb

    to look earnestly at; to gaze at

  6. Starenoun

    the act of staring; a fixed look with eyes wide open

  7. Etymology: [AS. staer. See Starling.]


  1. Staré

    Staré is a village and municipality in Michalovce District in the Kosice Region of eastern Slovakia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stare

    stār, v.i. to look at with a fixed gaze, as in horror, astonishment, &c.: to look fixedly.—v.t. to influence in some way by staring.—n. a fixed look.—ns. Stārēē′, one who is stared at; Stā′rer, one who stares or gazes; Stā′ring, the act of staring.—adv. Stā′ringly, in a staring manner: with a fixed look. [A.S. starian, from a Teut. root seen in Ger. starr, rigid; also in Eng. stern.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STARE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stare is ranked #60347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stare surname appeared 334 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stare.

    97.6% or 326 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stare' in Verbs Frequency: #258

Anagrams for stare »

  1. arste

  2. aster

  3. rates

  4. resat

  5. setar

  6. tares

  7. tarse

  8. Taser

  9. taser

  10. tears

  11. teras

  12. strae

  13. serta

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stare in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of stare in a Sentence

  1. Meg Chittenden:

    Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.

  2. Leah Greenbaum:

    She would just stare and stiffen, sometimes she would shake uncontrollably, she always loses control of her body so she’ll drop on the floor and bang her head.

  3. Menachem Bodner:

    Sometimes I stare at people in the street, and I look for someone who looks like me, my biggest hope is my brother will be here. Maybe from another country. Or maybe another survivor can tell me something, recognize me or remember us both. Anything.

  4. Thomas Ullmann:

    Jurors are looking the entire time, some glare and stare at the defendant the entire trial.

  5. W. H. Davies:

    What is this life if, so full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
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