astern etymology

English word astern comes from English a-, English stern

Detailed word origin of astern

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
a- English (eng) (no longer productive) Away from. [First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) forming words with the sense of wholly, or utterly out[First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) Of, from. [First attested prior to 1150.] Not, without, opposite of. (no longer productive) Towards; Used to indicate direction, reduction to, increase to, change into, or [...]
stern English (eng) A bird, the black tern. (figurative) The post of management or direction.. (nautical) The rear part or after end of a ship or vessel.. The hinder part of anything.. The tail of an animal; now used only of the tail of a dog. Grim and forbidding in appearance.. Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner.
astern English (eng) (nautical) Behind a vessel; having a bearing of 180 degrees from ahead. (nautical) At, or any distance behind, the stern; further in that direction; backward (motion).

Words with the same origin as astern

Descendants of a-
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