- with the stern foremost; backward
- awkwardly; clumsily
- With the stern, instead of the bow, in advance.
- (figuratively) In an awkward, blundering manner.
- A fatal genius for going sternforemost. â€” Lowell.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.