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stern

noun

  1. (back)  the rear part of a ship
    Synonyms: after part, poop, quarter, tail. Type of: rear. Part of: ship
  2. (general anatomy)  the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    Synonyms: backside, behind, bottom, butt, buttocks [plural], can, fundament, hind end, hindquarters...

adjective

  1. (nonindulgent)  of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    Synonyms: austere. Similar to: nonindulgent
  2. (implacable)  not to be placated, appeased, or moved by entreaty
    Synonyms: grim, inappeasable, inexorable, relentless, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting...
  3. (demanding)  severe and unremitting in making demands
    Synonyms: exacting, strict. Similar to: demanding
  4. (plain)  severely simple
    Synonyms: austere, severe, stark. Similar to: plain

Stern

noun

Etymology summary

[adjective] Old English styrne "severe, strict", from Proto-Germanic ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

stern | Stern | Isaac Stern [sense-specific] | relentless [synonym, sense-specific] | unyielding [synonym, sense-specific] | sternly [adverb, derived]

showing uncompromising or inflexible resolve; firm, strict, or authoritarian | lacking leniency or clemency; harsh or severe | relentless; unyielding ... (18 of 503 words, 9 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

Stern

Isaac 1920-2001 American (Russian-born) violinist (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

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Stern

Otto 1888-1969 American (German-born) physicist (5 of 12 words)

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stern [entry 1, adjective] | harsh [synonym, sense-specific] | inexorable [synonym, sense-specific] | sturdy [synonym, sense-specific] | austere [synonym, sense-specific] | stout [synonym, sense-specific] | authoritarian [synonym, sense-specific] | flinty [synonym, sense-specific] | hard [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having a definite hardness or severity of nature or manner; "austere" ; expressive of severe displeasure; "harsh" | forbidding or gloomy in appearance ... (22 of 209 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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stern [entry 2, noun]

the rear end of a boat | a hinder or rear part; the last or latter part (16 of 61 words, 2 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

stern [entry 1] | be made of sterner stuff | the sterner sex | sternly [derived] | sternness [derived]

(of a person or their manner) serious and unrelenting, especially in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline | (of an act or statement) ... (24 of 159 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stern

stern [entry 2] | sterned [derived] | sternmost [derived] | sternwards [derived]

the rearmost part of a ship or boat | [humorous] : a person's bottom (13 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stern--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative] | Stern | Isaac Stern | Otto Stern | sternly [adverb, related] | sternness [noun, related]

Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character | Grim, gloomy, or forbidding in appearance or outlook. | Firm or unyielding; uncompromising. | ... (20 of 124 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative] | Stern | stern- | Isaac Stern [sense-specific] | Stern, Isaac [sense-specific] | Otto Stern [sense-specific] | Stern, Otto [sense-specific]

firm, strict, or uncompromising. | hard, harsh, or severe. | rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character. | grim or forbidding in ... (20 of 108 words, 11 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative] | be made of sterner stuff | sternly [adverb, related] | sternness [noun, uncountable, related]

a stern person, expression, or statement is serious and severe | a stern action is so firm that you cannot oppose it | "be made of sterner stuff": to ... (27 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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stern [countable, noun] | sterns [plural]

the back part of a ship. The front of a ship is called the bow. (15 of 40 words, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

stern | Stern | sternly [adverb, related] | sternness [noun, related]

hard; severe; unyielding; strict | grim; forbidding | relentless; inexorable | unshakable; firm | the rear end of a ship or boat | the rear end of ... (22 of 83 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stern

stern | sternly [adverb, related] | sternness [noun, related]

hard; severe; unyielding; strict | grim; forbidding | relentless; inexorable | unshakable; firm (10 of 39 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

stern | sternest [superlative] | sterns [plural] | bow [antonym, sense-specific]

Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner. | Grim and forbidding in appearance. | [nautical] The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel. | [figurative] The post of management or direction. | The hinder part of anything. | The tail of an ... (42 of 66 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stern

Cambridge Dictionary:

stern [entry 1] | sternness [noun, derived]

severe, or showing disapproval | If something, such as a job, is stern, it's difficult (14 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stern 1

stern [entry 2]

the back part of a ship or boat (8 of 14 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stern 2

Wikipedia:

Stern

the rear or aft-most part of a ship or boat, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter rail to the taffrail. The stern lies opposite of the bow, the foremost part of a ship. Originally, the term... (45 of 2264 words, 10 images)

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Stern (disambiguation)

the rear or aft part of a ship or boat. Stern or Sterns may also refer to People: Stern (surname), a family name | Stern Hu (born 1963), businessman arrested in China | Stern John (born 1976), Trinidadian footballer | In education: New York University ... (42 of 244 words, 18 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

Stern [German news magazine]

weekly general-interest magazine published in Germany. It began publication in 1948 and quickly became the leading post-World War II magazine in the ... (22 of 104 words, 1 image)

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Encarta Dictionary:

stern [entry 1] | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

rigid, strict, and uncompromising | grim, austere, or forbidding in appearance (10 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714957​/definition​.html  [offline]

stern [entry 2] | sterns [plural]

the rear part of a ship or boat | the rear part of something | located at or resembling the stern (19 of 50 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

stern

First use: about 1300

Origin: [adjective] Old English styrne "severe, strict", from Proto-Germanic ... | [noun] "hind part of a ship, steering gear of a ship", probably from Old... (25 of 87 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

stern

Origin: Middle English stern, sterne, sturne, from Old English styrne ("stern, grave, strict, austere, hard, severe, cruel"), from Proto-Germanic *sturnijaz ("angry, astonished, shocked"), from Proto-Indo-European... (24 of 50 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; see ster- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots. | Middle English sterne, ... (17 of 32 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

stern

Origin: Middle English sterne from Old English styrne from Indo-European base *ster-, stiff, rigid derives "stare", "starve" | Middle ... (17 of 30 etymology words)

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stern

Origin: Middle English sterne from Old English styrne from Indo-European base *ster-, stiff, rigid derives "stare", "starve"

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Collins Dictionary:

stern | Stern

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old English styrne; related to Old High German stornēn to alarm, Latin sternāx stubborn, Greek stereos hard | from Old ... (21 of 26 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

stern [entry 1]

Origin: Old English styrne, probably from the West Germanic base of the verb "stare" | sense-specific: from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (iii. 2. 93)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stern

stern [entry 2]

Origin: Middle English: probably from Old Norse stjórn "steering", from stýra "to steer"

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Merriam-Webster:

stern [entry 1, adjective]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; akin to Old English starian to stare

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stern [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, rudder, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn steering, rudder; akin to Old English stīeran to steer

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Encarta Dictionary:

stern [entry 1] | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

Origin: Old English styrne from Indo-European, "stiff"

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stern [entry 2] | sterns [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Probably from Old Norse stjórn "rudder" from Germanic

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

stern

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stern"

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Collins Dictionary:

stern | Stern

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stern"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stern"

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stern [countable, noun] | sterns [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

stern | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stern"

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stern [countable, noun] | sterns [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stern [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stern"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stern"

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the Free Dictionary:

Stern

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Stern"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Stern"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Stern" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

stern | sterns [plural] | sterner [comparative] | sternest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stern"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stern

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stern"

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Stern

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YourDictionary Audio:

stern

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freedictionary.org:

Stern

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