But British parking attendants are made of sterner stuff than that.
But I doubt it would be enough to make a dent in Bishop Williamson, who seems to be made of sterner stuff.
The Mexicans showed a sterner obsession, an intenser passion.
This protest in '49 and on the Pacific coast took a sterner form.
Him the Invercauld Arms receives as refuge; him sometimes a place of sterner entertainment.
Let us leave them to their tears; for us the sterner realities of life.
The cause that Abraham Lincoln died for shall grow stronger by his death, stronger and sterner.
Bronze, marble, and wood are sterner stuff, and can defy the elements.'
A sterner schooling awaited her at Groton, whither her father removed in 1833.
But soon other thoughts, other and sterner memories were thrust upon her.
Old English styrne "severe, strict," from Proto-Germanic *sternijaz (cf. Middle High German sterre, German starr "stiff," störrig "obstinate;" Gothic andstaurran "to be stiff;" Old Norse stara; Old English starian "to look or gaze upon"), from PIE root *ster-, *star- "be rigid" (see sterile).
c.1300, "hind part of a ship, steering gear of a ship," probably from Old Norse stjorn "a steering," related to styra "to guide" (see steer (v.)). Or the word may come from Old Frisian stiarne "rudder," which is also related to steer (v.).