starer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n starer a viewer who gazes fixedly (often with hostility)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Starer stâr"ẽr One who stares, or gazes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n starer One who stares or gazes.
    • n starer plural A pair of eye-glasses; a pince-nez.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Starer one who stares or gazes
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. starian, from a Teut. root seen in Ger. starr, rigid; also in Eng. stern.

Usage

In literature:

The door was guarded by peace-officers, and besieged by starers.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
The Warundi of Magala were very civil, and profound starers.
"How I Found Livingstone" by Henry M. Stanley
If their great-grandfathers were such redoubtable starers in the Doctor's day, his penance was no light one.
"Our Old Home" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
At one time it is the Starer who comes in for his reprobation.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
We had a pleasant camp, with palm-trees to shade each cooking fire, no starers being allowed.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
But the thought of these starers stuck in my mind, and presently I came out again.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Perverted it makes the starer and the impudently observing.
"The Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology and Physiology" by O. S. Fowler
Of stupid starers, and of loud hurrahs.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Kohl spoke encouragingly to the starers; was there an inn in the place?
"Adventures Among the Red Indians" by H. W. G. Hyrst
The starer, without once taking his eyes off Horace, rose, advanced to the little window and thrust through it an oversized card.
"The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon" by Richard Connell
He was merely one of the starers always gazing at her.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
And he made way for her through the knot of starers who cumbered the doorway.
"Chippinge Borough" by Stanley J. Weyman
Captain Ludwig, holding me fast by the arm, stopped at the first group of starers we came to.
"My Lady Rotha" by Stanley J. Weyman
They chose night to do it in, "not to be bothered with starers at 'em," they said; and the clerk chose to bear them company.
"Mildred Arkell, Volume II (of 3)" by Mrs. Henry Wood
It seemed like an outrage to be among the starers from whom he shrunk, and we went away before he was disposed of.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
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In poetry:

Even the sun in heaven can be curbed and chastened at last
By the life in the hearts of men.
And you, great bird, sun-starer, heavy black beak
Can be put out of office as sacrifice bringer.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence

In news:

OFT whistleblower, or awkward starer .
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