But British parking attendants are made of sterner stuff than that.
But I doubt it would be enough to make a dent in Bishop Williamson, who seems to be made of sterner stuff.
The Mexicans showed a sterner obsession, an intenser passion.
The business of love was at hand—ever a sterner and crueller business than that of food-getting.
Him the Invercauld Arms receives as refuge; him sometimes a place of sterner entertainment.
His school of life had been sterner, and he was himself of sterner stuff.
The cause that Abraham Lincoln died for shall grow stronger by his death, stronger and sterner.
Some dread forewarning of a sterner fate seemed to hang above him.
A sterner schooling awaited her at Groton, whither her father removed in 1833.
They awaited the touch of sterner forces than those of man for their changes.
Old English styrne "severe, strict," from Proto-Germanic *sternijaz (cf. Middle High German sterre, German starr "stiff," störrig "obstinate;" Gothic andstaurran "to be stiff;" Old Norse stara; Old English starian "to look or gaze upon"), from PIE root *ster-, *star- "be rigid" (see sterile).
c.1300, "hind part of a ship, steering gear of a ship," probably from Old Norse stjorn "a steering," related to styra "to guide" (see steer (v.)). Or the word may come from Old Frisian stiarne "rudder," which is also related to steer (v.).