Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner. (adjective)
Grim and forbidding in appearance. (adjective)
The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel. (noun)
Examples of word stern
“There are few things I would deny you, Daughter, without good reason,” Balm answered, her expression stern.
President Obama's promising what he calls a stern response if North Korea launches a missile, as it now threatens.
Before she could get any more information from him, Marco walked over to them, his expression stern.
QUESTION: The Associated Press reports that in reaction to what they termed your stern rebuke of Jerry Thacker, a group called Human Rights Campaign said that while this was a positive development, the Bush administration's, quote, "Obsessive focus on abstinence as the solitary mechanism to prevent the transmission of HIV is not based on sound science."
Storm of mutinous anger gathers round the Captain stern and true,