Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘S’. The word is: Stern.
stern1 n. After or rear part of ship or boat, specif. that part of the hull abaft the sternpost; buttocks, rump, tail, esp. of fox-hound; ~ -chase, pursuit of ship by another directly in its wake; sternpost, central upright timber or iron of stern, attached to keel and usu. bearing rudder; ~ sheet(s), space in a boat’s stern, esp. aft of hindmost thwart; ~ -wheeler, steamer with one large paddle-wheel at stern.
stern2 adj. Severe, strict, not lenient, rigorous in principle, punishment, or condemnation; hard, grim, harsh, gloomy. sternly adv. sternness n.