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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STARING

He sat with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands, staring at the grass.

"Yes," said Dick, staring in front of him and speaking in a dull, even voice.

The man is a very confident, he is a very bold, staring man!

They stood silent, she looking nowhere, and he staring now in this direction, now in that.

The candle was in her hand, and she was staring at the letter.

He lies prone on the floor, staring at me with dead, sightless eyes.

His father lay on the bed with staring, wide-open eyes,—he was dead.

When I was halfway there I caught sight of him staring at the placard.

And the staring admiration that is lavished on me everywhere!

And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English starian "to look fixedly at," from Proto-Germanic *star- "be rigid" (cf. Old Norse stara, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staren, Old High German staren, German starren "to stare at;" German starren "to stiffen," starr "stiff;" Old Norse storr "proud;" Old High German storren "to stand out, project;" Gothic andstaurran "to be obstinate"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (cf. Lithuanian storas "thick," stregti "to become frozen;" Sanskrit sthirah "hard, firm;" Persian suturg "strong;" Old Church Slavonic staru "old;" cf. sterile and torpor). Not originally implying rudeness. Related: Stared; staring.

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