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Stare appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Trap a rat! Stare, piper, at star apart!
  • Deep stare: liar times a semi-trailer at speed.
  • Stare not, stare not, else dudes let one rat stone rats.
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Stare is sometimes a misspelling of stair, star, stars or story.

The word stare is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stare

What does stare mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stares

  1. a fixed look with eyes open wide
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: look / looking / looking at = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun stare


  1. A persistent gaze.

Definition of the verb stare

What does stare mean as a doing word?

Stare is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: stared | staring | stares

  1. look at with fixed eyes
  2. fixate one's eyes
    • example: They stare up the hill
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: look = perceive with attention
    • more specific words: glower / glare = look at with a fixed gaze

Alternative definition of the verb stare


  1. [intransitive, construed with 'at'] To look fixedly (at something).


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


Stare were an early 1990s four-piece indie band from Norfolk, England. Members of the band were Michael Brown, Karl Goodbody, Richard Hammerton and Derek O'Sullivan, joined by second guitarist in March 1992 David Donley.


  1. "Stare" is a musical album of Gorky Park.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  2. "Stare" is a musical EP of Nils Frahm & Ólafur Arnalds.
    • released on
  3. "Stare" is a musical album of Yotam Perel.
    • released on
  4. "Stare" is a musical single of Marjorie Fair.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Stare" is a musical single of The Accidents.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  6. "Stare" is a musical album of Crivits.
    • released in (21 years ago)

Phrases with Stare

  1. stare down
  2. Stare decisis
  3. Stare Someone in the Face
  4. Blank Stare

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stare

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Google previewPortrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois (1892)

Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies of All the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States

Stare is the next younger; Sarah is the...

Stare is a patentee of several valuable devices, including the steel and iron road, which was patented December 16, ...

Google previewThe Cougar (2013)

Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous by Paula Wild

Actually experiencing the hard stare is an event that becomes indelibly imprinted on the psyche. “It was a beautiful October afternoon after we'd had a lot of rain,” Liz Buckham recalled the spring of 2012. “l wasn't going to walk far, just to the ...

Google previewBob's Story (2000)

Memories of Love and War by Robert E. P. Moranda, George E. Moranda

Vith is mentioned, a blank stare is the response. Many television programs INTRODUCTION.

Google previewThousand Yard Stare (2010)

by Pierce Kelley

The stare is a characteristic combat stress reaction which may be a precursor to, or symptom of, post-traumatic stress disorder.” As of the time of this writing, there are still a few among us who remember the horrors of the first World War, which ...

Google preview[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing (2014)

by Jon Gress

A direct eyeline stare is a universal animal kingdom sign of aggression and triggers fear, anxiety, and stress responses. [tip] One of the most important concepts in blocking and staging a movie scene is that you always try ...

Google previewPhotography and Its Violations (2014)

by John Roberts

The stare is the power of the image to overwhelm, to suffuse the observer with pity, horror or revulsion.” A politics of violence bifurcated by the requirement to look and the need to look away, therefore, is also conditioned by the need to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Q - Z ; 1 by Hensleigh Wedgwood

star en, staroogen, to stare, gaze, look fixedly. N. stara, stira, are also used in the sense of simply looking, turning the eyes towards. Star, eyes, look, sight ; brunt star, brown eyes. As the act of looking consists only in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

STARE. Hence it is that the enemies of God take occasion. asserting of all proclamations, and orders of state ; to the vindicating of illegal commissions and grants of monopolies; holding for honourable that which pleased, ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

stare, a starling. — A. S. star, a starling.-f. Icel. starri, start, Dan. stier, Swed. stare, G. staar, L. sturnus. Start, to move suddenly. (E.) M. E. sttrten; pt. t. stirte (Havelok. 873), sturte, slortc (Layamon, 23951), ...

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Usage statistics about stare

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb stare:

imaginative writing97.13%informational writing2.87%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stare:


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Quotes about Stare

Miles and miles
Of loneliness
Stare at me.

I stare back
And ask:
Who in this
World is not
Lonely? (Aparna Chatterjee)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1R1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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