toward the stern; astern.

Origin of sternward

First recorded in 1825–35; stern2 + -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sternward

Historical Examples of sternward

  • Sternward on the deck, by the lounge oval, I could see Miko standing.

  • She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.

  • Gregory turned about to see the black waters to the sternward were rippled with sparkling threads of silver-white.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • In the end, when the afternoon was waxing late, the sternward vessel stood up so that every detail of her loomed plain.

    Poor Man's Rock

    Bertrand W. Sinclair