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1stern

adjective \ˈstərn\

: very serious especially in an unfriendly way

: expressing strong disapproval or criticism

: not likely to change or become weaker

Full Definition of STERN

1
a :  having a definite hardness or severity of nature or manner :  austere
b :  expressive of severe displeasure :  harsh
2
:  forbidding or gloomy in appearance
3
:  inexorable <stern necessity>
4
:  sturdy, stout <a stern resolve>
stern·ly adverb
stern·ness \ˈstərn-nəs\ noun

Examples of STERN

  1. He gave me a stern look.
  2. <the army post's stern commander always had the utmost respect of those who served under him>

Origin of STERN

Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; akin to Old English starian to stare — more at stare
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of STERN

severe, stern, austere, ascetic mean given to or marked by strict discipline and firm restraint. severe implies standards enforced without indulgence or laxity and may suggest harshness <severe military discipline>. stern stresses inflexibility and inexorability of temper or character <stern arbiters of public morality>. austere stresses absence of warmth, color, or feeling and may apply to rigorous restraint, simplicity, or self-denial <living an austere life in the country>. ascetic implies abstention from pleasure and comfort or self-indulgence as spiritual discipline <the ascetic life of the monks>.

Rhymes with STERN

2stern

noun

: the back part of a boat or ship

Full Definition of STERN

1
:  the rear end of a boat
2
:  a hinder or rear part :  the last or latter part

Origin of STERN

Middle English, rudder, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn steering, rudder; akin to Old English stīeran to steer — more at steer
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Stern

biographical name \ˈstərn\

Definition of STERN

Isaac 1920–2001 Am. (Russ.-born) violinist

Stern

biographical name

Definition of STERN

Otto 1888–1969 Am. (Ger.-born) physicist
STERN Defined for Kids

1stern

adjective \ˈstərn\
stern·erstern·est

Definition of STERN for Kids

1
:  hard and severe in nature or manner :  very strict and serious <a stern judge> <a stern warning>
2
:  showing severe displeasure or disapproval <The elder's stern expression softened. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
3
:  firm and not changeable <She showed stern determination to succeed.>
stern·ly adverb <speak sternly>

2stern

noun

Definition of STERN for Kids

:  the rear end of a boat
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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