Definition of stare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//steə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ster//
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 an act of looking at somebody/something for a long time, especially in a way that is unfriendly or that shows surprise She gave him a blank stare. He fixed the interviewer with a penetrating stare. Synonymslookglance gaze stare glimpse glareThese are all words for an act of looking, when you turn your eyes in a particular direction.look an act of looking at somebody/​something:Here, have a look at this.glance a quick look:She stole a glance at her watch.gaze a long steady look at somebody/​something:She felt embarrassed under his steady gaze.stare a long look at somebody/​something, especially in a way that is unfriendly or that shows surprise:She gave the officer a blank stare and shrugged her shoulders.glimpse a look at somebody/​something for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely:He caught a glimpse of her in the crowd.glare a long angry look at somebody/​something:She fixed her questioner with a hostile glare.Patterns a look/​glance at somebody/​something a penetrating/​piercing look/​glance/​gaze/​stare a long look/​glance/​stare a brief look/​glance/​glimpse to have/​get/​take a look/​glance/​glimpse to avoid somebody’s glance/​gaze/​stare Word Origin Old English starian, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘be rigid’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stare