• To look fixedly (at something).
  • To influence in some way by looking fixedly.
  • To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.
  • To stand out; to project; to bristle.



  • From Middle English staren, from Old English starian, from Proto-West Germanic *starēn, from Proto-Germanic *starjaną, *starāną, from Proto-Indo-European *ster-.
  • Cognate with Dutch staren ("to stare"), German starren ("to stare"), German starr ("stiff"). More at start.
  • From Middle English star, ster, from Old English stær, from Proto-Germanic *starô, from Proto-Indo-European *stor-. Cognate with German Star, Danish stær, Swedish stare, Norwegian Nynorsk stare, Icelandic stari. Compare also Old English stearn.

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