- 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. "” Lowell.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster'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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.