adjective, stern·er, stern·est.
Origin of stern1
Synonyms for stern
Antonyms for stern
Related Words for sternlypassionately, sincerely, earnestly, vigorously, actively, badly, sharply, sorely, strictly, markedly, seriously, dangerously, firmly, extremely, acutely, painfully, critically, gravely, hard, down
Examples from the Web for sternly
Contemporary Examples of sternly
Or as her mother tells her, sternly, “You got to accept that life is full of disappointments.”This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
“The witness only thought that he had a sure thing,” the judge says sternly.What Tolstoy Teaches Us About Insider Trading
June 2, 2013
Every article on good divorce that I looked at sternly warned: “never disagree or argue in front of the children.”My Good Divorce: How One Woman Found Happiness Separating
June 9, 2012
As your president,” Bush said sternly, “I guarantee you, this violence will end.L.A. Riots Anniversary: 8 Infamous Videos
April 27, 2012
Instead, she released a sternly worded statement and took off with her sons to a house in the country.The Year of Women Fighting Back
November 30, 2009
Historical Examples of sternly
The bridesmaids had been sternly forbidden to come into her room.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Hubertine was obliged to speak to her sternly, and tell her to be quiet.The Dream
"Perhaps you are mistaken there, my man," I said, as sternly as I could.In the Valley
"I will say nothing to him about that or any other matter," replied Margaret sternly.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
"Let me know the next story he tells; I'll cure him," said Mr. Morton, sternly.Night and Morning, Complete
Word Origin for stern
Word Origin for stern
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.).
see from soup to nuts (stem to stern).