northwesterly

adverb or adjective

north·​west·​er·​ly nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio)
1
: from the northwest
2
: toward the northwest

Examples of northwesterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Behind the cold front, temperatures are expected to plunge very quickly as winds turn to northwesterly and remaining gusty. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 26 Feb. 2024 The only sign of our weak pre-dawn cold front having passed through are northwesterly breezes gusting near 20 mph a few times. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 Upper level winds will blow southwesterly through the evening, and surface winds will be north/northwesterly keeping the smoke from the Bedrock Fire confined to eastern Lane County and points south and east. oregonlive, 31 July 2023 Confidence: Medium-High Sunday: Sunny and calmer with time, as northwesterly gusts near 30 mph early should ease to around 15 mph late in the day. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2023 With west-northwesterly breezes occasionally gusting to near 25 mph, wind chills may top out in the mid-30s at best. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2022 The brisk northwesterly winds that have carried the bitterly cold Arctic air have given rise to beautiful cloud formations over the Atlantic Ocean. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2017 Showers are expected to move across the I-4 corridor but will move northwesterly after arriving on the East Coast. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 These western winds are set to expand into the rest of Northern California and the Sacramento Valley starting Friday afternoon, becoming more northwesterly and howling at 35 mph along stretches of San Francisco Bay by Saturday. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of northwesterly was circa 1611

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“Northwesterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northwesterly. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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northwesterly

adverb or adjective
north·​west·​er·​ly nȯrth-ˈwes-tər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio)
1
: from the northwest
2
: toward the northwest

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