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1stern/ˈstɚn/adjective
sternersternest
1stern
/ˈstɚn/
adjective
sternersternest
Learner's definition of STERN  
: very serious especially in an unfriendly way
   b  : expressing strong disapproval or criticism
: not likely to change or become weaker

be made of sterner stuff

: to be an emotionally and morally strong person with more determination than other people

— sternly

adverb

— sternness

/ˈstɚnnəs/noun,[noncount]
2stern/ˈstɚn/noun
pluralsterns
2stern
/ˈstɚn/
noun
pluralsterns
Learner's definition of STERN  
[count]
: the back part of a boat or ship
— see picture at boatopposite 3bow

from stem to stern

— see 1stem
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