From Middle English stert, from the verb sterten. See below.
From Middle English sterten, from Old English styrtan, from Proto-West Germanic *sturtijan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ter-. Cognate with Old Frisian stirta, Middle Dutch sterten (Dutch storten), Old High German sturzen (German stürzen), Old High German sterzan. More at stare.
From Middle English stert, start, from Old English steort, stert, from Proto-Germanic *stertaz ("tail"). Cognate with Dutch staart ("tail"), German Sterz ("tail, handle"), Swedish stjärt ("tail, arse").
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