Staring down

stare

[stair]
verb (used without object), stared, staring.
1.
to gaze fixedly and intently, especially with the eyes wide open.
2.
to be boldly or obtrusively conspicuous: The bright modern painting stares out at you in the otherwise conservative gallery.
3.
(of hair, feathers, etc.) to stand on end; bristle.
verb (used with object), stared, staring.
4.
to stare at: to stare a person up and down.
5.
to effect or have a certain effect on by staring: to stare one out of countenance.
noun
6.
a staring gaze; a fixed look with the eyes wide open: The banker greeted him with a glassy stare.
Verb phrases
7.
stare down, to cause to become uncomfortable by gazing steadily at one; overcome by staring: A nonsmoker at the next table tried to stare me down.
Idioms
8.
stare one in the face, to be urgent or impending; confront: The income-tax deadline is staring us in the face.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English staren, Old English starian; cognate with Dutch staren, German starren, Old Norse stara; akin to stark, starve

starer, noun
staringly, adverb


1. See gaze.
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stare1 (stɛə)
 
vb (often foll by at)
1.  to look or gaze fixedly, often with hostility or rudeness
2.  (intr) (of an animal's fur, bird's feathers, etc) to stand on end because of fear, ill health, etc
3.  (intr) to stand out as obvious; glare
4.  stare one in the face to be glaringly obvious or imminent
 
n
5.  the act or an instance of staring
 
[Old English starian; related to Old Norse stara, Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos stiff, Latin consternāre to confuse]
 
'starer1
 
n

stare2 (stɛə)
 
n
dialect a starling
 
[Old English stær]

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stare
O.E. starian "to look fixedly at," from P.Gmc. *star- "be rigid" (cf. O.N. stara, M.L.G., M.Du. staren, O.H.G. staren, Ger. starren "to stare at;" Ger. starren "to stiffen," starr "stiff;" O.N. storr "proud;" O.H.G. storren "to stand out, project;" Goth. andstaurran "to be obstinate"), from PIE base
*ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (cf. Lith. storas "thick," stregti "to become frozen;" Skt. sthirah "hard, firm;" Pers. suturg "strong;" O.C.S. staru "old;" cf. sterile and torpor). Not originally implying rudeness.

stare
"starling," from O.E. (see starling).
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