- The definition of stern is someone who is very serious or strict.
An example of stern is a teacher when he is scolding a student.
stern- definition by Webster's New World
- hard; severe; unyielding; strict: stern measures
- grim; forbidding: a stern face
- relentless; inexorable: stern reality
- unshakable; firm: stern determination
Origin: Middle English sterne ; from Old English styrne ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ster-, stiff, rigid from source stare, starve
- the rear end of a ship or boat
- the rear end of anything
Origin: Middle English steorne, stern, rudder ; from Old Norse stjorn, steering ; from styra, to steer
- Stern, Isaac 1920-2001; U.S. violinist, born in Russia
- Stern, Otto 1888-1969; U.S. physicist, born in Germany
stern- definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective stern·er, stern·est
- Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character: a stern disciplinarian. See Synonyms at severe.
- Grim, gloomy, or forbidding in appearance or outlook.
- Firm or unyielding; uncompromising.
- Inexorable; relentless: stern necessity.
Origin: Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
- sternˈly adverb
- sternˈness noun
- Nautical The rear part of a ship or boat.
- A rear part or section.
Origin: Middle English sterne, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn, rudder; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
, Isaac 1920-2001.
, Otto 1888-1969.
stern- - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of sterno-
Origin: ; from sternum