north-north·​west ˈnȯrth-ˌnȯr(th)-ˈwest How to pronounce north-northwest (audio)
: a compass point that is two points west of due north : N22°30′W

Examples of north-northwest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Otis was about 60 miles north-northwest of Acapulco with its maximum sustained winds decreasing to 110 mph and moving at 10 mph. JosÉ Antonio Rivera and MarÍa Verza, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 As of Tuesday night, Otis was packing winds of 160 mph with higher gusts while its core was about 55 miles south-southeast of Acapulco, moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 24 Oct. 2023 The quake, which was centered about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north-northwest of Herāt, followed a series of powerful tremors that killed more than a thousand. Kevin Shalvey, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2023 Rina was moving north-northwest at roughly 10 mph and was expected to turn westward either later Thursday or Friday, while increasing gradually in strength in the coming days, according to the hurricane center. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 28 Sep. 2023 Ophelia moved north-northwest toward the East Coast on Friday at 12 mph. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023 Light north-northwest breezes calm down a bit from their daytime levels. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 The storm is currently 430 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 The center of the storm was around 15 miles north-northwest of Charleston at 11 p.m., the agency said. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of north-northwest was in the 14th century

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“North-northwest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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