I. adjective Etymology: Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; akin to Old English starian to stare — more at stare Date: before 12th century 1. a. having a definite hardness or severity of nature or manner ; austere b. expressive of severe displeasure ; harsh 2. forbidding or gloomy in appearance 3. inexorable <
stern necessity
4. sturdy, stout <
a stern resolve
Synonyms: see severesternly adverbsternness noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, rudder, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn steering, rudder; akin to Old English stīeran to steer — more at steer Date: 14th century 1. the rear end of a boat 2. a hinder or rear part ; the last or latter part

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