from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A star.
  • noun The starling.
  • noun A dialectal form of stern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The European starling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, dialect The European starling.


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  • As soon as he had steadied himself in his new position, a piece of rope was thrown up to him, -- by which Snowball was himself hoisted to the shoulders of the _cachalot_; and then the two seamen proceeded towards the tail, -- or, as the sailor pronounced it, the "starn" of this peculiar craft.

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea Mayne Reid 1850

  • Than, Herod, convenin the Wyss Men privately, faund oot mair strickly o 'the comin o' the starn;

    01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003 John 2003

  • And whan they saw the starn, they were blythe wi 'unco blythness.

    01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003 John 2003

  • And quo 'they, "Whaur is he bidin that is ca'd King o' the Jews? for i 'the East we saw his starn, and are come forrit to worship him. "

    01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003 John 2003

  • Eftir hearing the King, they gaed awa '; and lo! the starn whilk they saw i' the East gaed on afore them, till it stood whaur the wee bairn was.

    01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003 John 2003

  • (Down-by-the-starn) had been head of that office for more years than a boy like him could count, and if he thought that when he had finished all his work, he could sit there doing nothing, he did not know him, Hemmings (Down-by-the-starn), and so forth.

    The Man of Property 2004

  • It was not — by George — as he (Down-by-the-starn) would have him know, for a whippersnapper of a young fellow like him, to come down to that office, and think that he was God Almighty.

    The Man of Property 2004

  • Secretary, ‘Down-by-the-starn’ Hemmings; an all-too-sad sadness beaming in his fine eyes; his iron-grey beard, in mourning like the rest of him, giving the feeling of an all-too-black tie behind it.

    The Man of Property 2004

  • He answered ‘Down-by-the-starn’ Hemmings so tartly when the latter, seeing his Chairman seated there, entered with the new

    The Man of Property 2004

  • All chips off the old block from stem to the starn.

    Cawsand Bay 1996


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