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Maybe from the same Proto-Indo-European root as sternuō (I sneeze), but not as a regular frequentative, which is sternutō (I sneeze violently or repeatedly). Or maybe related to strepō and stridō.



stertō (present infinitive stertere, perfect active stertuī); third conjugation, no supine stem, impersonal in the passive

  1. I snore.


   Conjugation of stertō (third conjugation, no supine stem, impersonal in passive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present stertō stertis stertit stertimus stertitis stertunt
imperfect stertēbam stertēbās stertēbat stertēbāmus stertēbātis stertēbant
future stertam stertēs stertet stertēmus stertētis stertent
perfect stertuī stertuistī stertuit stertuimus stertuistis stertuērunt, stertuēre
pluperfect stertueram stertuerās stertuerat stertuerāmus stertuerātis stertuerant
future perfect stertuerō stertueris stertuerit stertuerimus stertueritis stertuerint
passive present stertitur
imperfect stertēbātur
future stertētur
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present stertam stertās stertat stertāmus stertātis stertant
imperfect sterterem sterterēs sterteret sterterēmus sterterētis sterterent
perfect stertuerim stertuerīs stertuerit stertuerīmus stertuerītis stertuerint
pluperfect stertuissem stertuissēs stertuisset stertuissēmus stertuissētis stertuissent
passive present stertātur
imperfect sterterētur
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present sterte stertite
future stertitō stertitō stertitōte stertuntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives stertere stertuisse stertī
participles stertēns stertendum, stertundum
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
stertendī stertendō stertendum stertendō

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: stertor
  • Italian: stertore
  • Spanish: estertor


  • sterto in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sterto in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sterto in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette




sterto f

  1. vocative singular of sterta