[ sturn-pohst ]

  1. an upright member rising from the after end of a keel; a rudderpost or propeller post.

Origin of sternpost

First recorded in 1570–80; stern2 + post1
  • Also called body post.

Words Nearby sternpost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sternpost in a sentence

  • In another house was the sternpost of a vessel, probably part of a wreck driven across from the coast of Africa.

    Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • And as he went, one of that ghostly crew went also, and stood as he stood, with outstretched arm set on the dim sternpost.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing | Charles Whistler
  • It hit her sternpost, smashed her rudder and propellers, and tore a great hole in her run.

    The World Peril of 1910 | George Griffith
  • A tree may be found, which, when hewed, will form the sternpost and keel in one length.

  • Singularly enough a part of it was used for the sternpost of the frigate Essex.

    Historic Homes | Mary H. Northend

British Dictionary definitions for sternpost


/ (ˈstɜːnˌpəʊst) /

  1. nautical the main upright timber or structure at the stern of a vessel

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