stare, v. i. [imp. & p. p. stared p. pr. & vb. n. staring.]
1. To look with fixed eyes wide open, as through fear, wonder, surprise, impudence, etc.; to fasten an earnest and prolonged gaze on some object.
For ever upon the ground I see thee stare. --Chaucer.
Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret. --Shak.
2. To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, color, or brilliancy; as, staring windows or colors.
3. To stand out; to project; to bristle. [Obs.]
Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare. --Shak.
Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive. --Mortimer.
Syn: -- To gaze; to look earnestly. See Gaze.
adj 1: (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder;
"staring eyes" [syn: agaze]
2: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a
consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross
negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a
sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing
villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a),
consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a),
perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a),
adv : with a stare; "`quoi?' asked Blanchard, staring" [syn: staringly]