south-south·​west ˈsau̇th-ˌsau̇th-ˈwest How to pronounce south-southwest (audio)
: a compass point that is two points west of due south : S22°30′W

Examples of south-southwest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That quake, which struck about 90 miles south-southwest of Taipei, was the second-deadliest in the island’s history, according to the U.S.G.S. and the Central Weather Administration. John Yoon, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 The epicenter was about 11 miles south-southwest of Hualien City, on the island’s Pacific coast. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2024 The plane’s wreckage was located 10 miles south-southwest of the Bridgeport Municipal Airport. USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Light but steady south-southwest breezes continue to bring in warm and somewhat muggy air. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 As for Norma: With maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, it was centered about 40 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas as of Saturday morning, and rain and tropical storm conditions already were hitting land, the hurricane center said. Jason Hanna, CNN, 21 Oct. 2023 Hurricane Lidia, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 mph, roared ashore Tuesday night about 35 miles south-southwest of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s west coast. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 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 massive storm, which remained a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday evening, was churning about 370 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, according to an 8 p.m. update from the hurricane center. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of south-southwest was in the 15th century

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“South-southwest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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