Meaning of STEER in English


I. ˈstir noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stēor young ox; akin to Old High German stior young ox

Date: before 12th century

1. : a male bovine animal and especially a domestic ox ( Bos taurus ) castrated before sexual maturity — compare stag 3

2. : an ox less than four years old

II. verb

Etymology: Middle English steren, from Old English stīeran; akin to Old English stēor- steering oar, Greek stauros stake, cross, stylos pillar, Sanskrit sthavira, sthūra stout, thick

Date: 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to control the course of : direct ; especially : to guide by mechanical means (as a rudder)

2. : to set and hold to (a course)

intransitive verb

1. : to direct the course (as of a ship or automobile)

2. : to pursue a course of action

3. : to be subject to guidance or direction

an automobile that steer s well

Synonyms: see guide

• steer·able ˈstir-ə-bəl adjective

• steer·er noun

- steer clear

III. noun

Date: 1894

: a hint as to procedure : tip


dialect British variant of stir

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.