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Today's word is:

stern

|stərn|

adjective

  • (of a person or their manner) serious and unrelenting, esp. in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline : A smile transformed his stern face | Mama looked stern.
  • (of an act or statement) strict and severe; using extreme measures or terms : Stern measures to restrict growth of traffic.
  • (of competition or opposition) putting someone or something under extreme pressure: The past year has been a stern test of the ability of local industry.

ORIGIN: Old English styrne, probably from the West Germanic base of the verb Stare.

noun

  • The rearmost part of a ship or boat: He stood at the stern of the yacht.
  • [humorous] a person's bottom: my stern can't take too much sun.

ORIGIN: Middle English : probably from Old Norse stjórn 'steering,' from stýra 'to steer.'