Meaning of STEER in English


I. ˈsti(ə)r, -iə noun

( plural steers also steer )

Etymology: Middle English stere, steer, from Old English stēor young ox; akin to Old High German stior young ox, Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Sanskrit sthavira, sthūra stout, thick, broad, and perhaps to Latin taurus bull, Greek tauros, Middle Irish tarb, Old Norse thjōrr — more at steer III


a. : a bull castrated before sexual maturity and usually at an early age — see beef

b. : an ox less than four years old

eight thousand head of steer — Wright Morris

2. : an entire male bovine : bull

3. : the hide of a steer

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: castrate — used of a bullock

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English steren, from Old English stīeran; akin to Old High German stiuren to steer, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan to establish; all from a prehistoric Germanic denominative verb from the root of Old English stēor- rudder, steering oar; akin to Old Norse stȳri rudder, staurr pale, stake, Greek stauros pale, stake, cross, stylos pillar, Sanskrit sthavira, sthūra, stout, thick, tiṣṭhati he stands — more at stand

transitive verb


a. : to direct the course of : guide , manage , control

steer a bill through the legislature

steered the conversation into his favorite channels — T.B.Costain

specifically : to direct the course of (as a ship) by means of a rudder or similar device or by other mechanical means

steer a bicycle

steer an automobile

steer a satellite

b. : to entice (a prospective customer or victim) to an illicit or disreputable establishment

2. : to set and hold to or pursue (a course) : wend

see that the boat was steering her right course for the Narrows — William Black

an effort to steer a course between inflation and deflation — Biddle Survey

intransitive verb

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

steer by the stars

take turns steering

2. : to direct one's course : pursue a course of action

steer for home

3. : to be subject to guidance or direction : obey the helm

an automobile that steers well

Synonyms: see guide

- steer large

- steer small

- steer clear

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English stere, from steren to steer

: something by which to steer: as

a. obsolete : rudder , helm

b. : directions for steering a course

gave us a steer toward home

c. : a hint as to procedure : tip

give one a friendly steer

never got a wrong steer from me yet — H.A.Sinclair

— see bum steer

d. : a steering mechanism or arrangement

a truck with a four-wheel steer

V. ˈstēr adjective

Etymology: Middle English stere, steer; akin to Middle Low German stūr stiff, severe, Old High German stiuri, stūri strong, proud, Sanskrit sthūra stout, thick, broad — more at steer III

chiefly Scotland : strong , rough

VI. ˈsti(ə)r, -iə

dialect Britain

variant of stir

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