leeward

noun
lee·​ward | \ ˈlē-wərd How to pronounce leeward (audio) , especially nautical ˈlü-ərd How to pronounce leeward (audio) \

Definition of leeward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the lee side

leeward

adjective

Definition of leeward (Entry 2 of 2)

: being in or facing the direction toward which the wind is blowing also : being the side opposite the windward

Synonyms & Antonyms for leeward

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of leeward in a Sentence

Noun We turned the boat to leeward. Adjective the leeward side of the island we moved to the leeward side of the ship so that we wouldn't have the wind in our faces
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On its leeward side, boats bobbed in Rockport Harbor, with the iconic Motif #1 as the backdrop. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2022 Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the leeward sides of their islands won’t get as much rain. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Ranchers in leeward Maui County – areas currently in extreme and severe drought – have recently lost cattle due to the dry conditions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 On the sunny leeward coast, Ko Olina features a variety of vacation home communities on the grounds of the oceanfront Ko Olina Resort. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2021 The vessel floated in the shallows of the Potomac River on the leeward side of Chopawamsic Island, just off Quantico, Virginia. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021 In due course, these penguins also depart for the leeward side. Quanta Magazine, 17 Aug. 2020 This penguin, known as the mover, waddles in search of new neighbors in the relative warmth of the huddle’s leeward side. Quanta Magazine, 17 Aug. 2020 When fall storms approach from the northern Pacific Ocean, expect deer to become more active during midday, often seeking the leeward side of a slope. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 14 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The trees slow the velocity of the snow, which settles on the leeward side of the trunks, forming drifts 20 feet deep. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, 14 Feb. 2022 While most people think of Hawaii as a tropical place, the leeward side of the island is drier, and Hawaii has a year-round fire season, Walker explained. Brisa Colon And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Further north, on the off-the-grid Cayo Frances, learn to fish from legendary fly fisherwoman Lori-Ann Murphy, and enjoy the placid, shallow waters of the leeward side of the island. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Jan. 2020 This means that the leeward side of these landforms is usually drier and often protected from the high wind. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 16 Jan. 2020 Hurricane Dorian is set to hit Puerto Rico’s leeward side later today, aiming to bring heavy rains and wind to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2019 What that means is that for a steel structure, the leeward side of the back shell does not need any heat shielding. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, 22 Jan. 2019 Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu This $800-million Disney beach resort opened in 2011 on the leeward side of Oahu. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Oct. 2018 One-design classes compete in two days windward-leeward races. baltimoresun.com, 14 July 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leeward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of leeward

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1630, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About leeward

Time Traveler for leeward

Time Traveler

The first known use of leeward was in 1549

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near leeward

leeve

leeward

Leeward Islands

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for leeward

Cite this Entry

“Leeward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leeward. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for leeward

leeward

noun
lee·​ward | \ ˈlē-wərd How to pronounce leeward (audio) \

Kids Definition of leeward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the side that is sheltered from the wind Sail to the leeward of the buoy.

leeward

adjective

Kids Definition of leeward (Entry 2 of 2)

: located on the side that is sheltered from the wind the leeward side of the house

More from Merriam-Webster on leeward

Nglish: Translation of leeward for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!