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1650s, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from Latin stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.
To take or inveigle someone to a place or person where gamblers or confidence men might victimize him: I been steerin' for Schwiefka all day (1889+ Underworld)Related Terms