stare \stare\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {stared} (st[^a]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {staring}.] [AS. starian; akin to LG. & D. staren, OHG. star[=e]n, G. starren, Icel. stara; cf. Icel. stira, Dan. stirre, Sw. stirra, and G. starr stiff, rigid, fixed, Gr. stereo`s solid (E. stereo-), Skr. sthira firm, strong. [root]166. Cf. {Sterile}.] 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. [1913 Webster] For ever upon the ground I see thee stare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, color, or brilliancy; as, staring windows or colors. [1913 Webster] 3. To stand out; to project; to bristle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster] Syn: To gaze; to look earnestly. See {Gaze}. [1913 Webster]