\ə-ˈstərn \

Definition of astern 

1 : behind a ship

2 : at or toward the stern of a ship

3 : with the stern in advance : backward

Synonyms & Antonyms for astern

Synonyms

abaft, aft, sternward (or sternwards)

Antonyms

fore, forward

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First Known Use of astern

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of astern was in 1570

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astern

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of astern

: in, at, or toward the back of a boat or ship : in, at, or toward the stern

of a boat or ship : in a reverse direction

astern

adverb
\ə-ˈstərn \

Kids Definition of astern

1 : in, at, or toward the back of a boat or ship : in, at, or toward the stern The island lay astern.

2 : in a reverse direction : backward The ship went full speed astern.

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