(noun, adjective)


1. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

- a stern face

Similar word(s): nonindulgent, strict, austere

2. not relenting; having no pity; not being or becoming lenient, mild, gentle, or merciful; unyielding.

- the stern demands of parenthood

Similar word(s): implacable, grim, inexorable, relentless, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting

3. severe and unremitting in making demands

- a stern disciplinarian

Similar word(s): demanding, exacting, strict

4. severely simple

Similar word(s): plain, austere, severe, stark


1. the rear part of a ship

Similar word(s): poop, quarter, tail

Definition categories: man–made, back, rear

2. United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

Definition categories: person

3. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Similar word(s): backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rump, seat, tail, tush

Definition categories: body