northeasterly

adverb or adjective
north·east·er·ly | \nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē \

Definition of northeasterly 

1 : from the northeast

2 : toward the northeast

Examples of northeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The smoke plume, being blown downwind by the strong northeasterly Santa Ana winds, stretched more than 300 miles out over the Pacific Ocean. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Photo: Southern California is at war with wildfire," 8 Dec. 2017 Farther to the west, the weather service in Mobile said to expect gusty northerly to northeasterly winds Sunday and Monday. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Hurricane Irma: Alabama's other storm evacuees - helicopters," 9 Sep. 2017

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

First Known Use of northeasterly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about northeasterly

Share northeasterly

Statistics for northeasterly

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for northeasterly

The first known use of northeasterly was in 1667

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for northeasterly

northeasterly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of northeasterly

: located in or moving toward the northeast

: blowing from the northeast

northeasterly

adverb or adjective
north·east·er·ly | \nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē \

Kids Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast northeasterly winds

2 : toward the northeast a northeasterly direction

More from Merriam-Webster on northeasterly

Spanish Central: Translation of northeasterly

Nglish: Translation of northeasterly for Spanish Speakers

Comments on northeasterly

What made you want to look up northeasterly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!