Sternforemost
Sternforemost Stern`fore"most`, adv. With the stern, instead of the bow, in advance; hence, figuratively, in an awkward, blundering manner. [1913 Webster]

A fatal genius for going sternforemost. --Lowell. [1913 Webster]


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  • sternforemost — [stʉrn΄fôr′mōst] adv. 1. with the stern foremost; backward 2. awkwardly; clumsily …   English World dictionary

  • sternforemost — adverb Date: 1840 with the stern in advance ; backward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sternforemost — /sterrn fawr mohst, fohr / or, esp. Brit., / meuhst/, adv. 1. Naut. with the stern foremost. 2. awkwardly; with difficulty. [1830 40; STERN2 + FOREMOST] * * * …   Universalium

  • sternforemost — stern•fore•most [[t]ˌstɜrnˈfɔr moʊst, ˈfoʊr [/t]] adv. 1) naut. navig. with the stern foremost 2) awkwardly; with difficulty • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • sternforemost — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷ adverb Etymology: stern (V) + foremost : with the stern in advance : backward; also : awkwardly * * * /sterrn fawr mohst, fohr / or, esp. Brit., / meuhst/, adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • astern — adverb or adjective Date: circa 1571 1. behind a ship 2. at or toward the stern of a ship 3. sternforemost, backward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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