adverb or adjective
south·​east·​er·​ly | \ sau̇th-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio) , sau̇-ˈē- \

Definition of southeasterly

1 : from the southeast
2 : toward the southeast

Examples of southeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grass continued to burn along the southern flank towards Silver Creek and is moving southeasterly towards Sand Creek and French Creek, according to the Inciweb update. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 Winds will be southeasterly and may be breezy at times in the afternoon, especially near the Cascades. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 Temperatures won’t be anywhere close to that cold tonight, as a light southeasterly flow off the ocean will prevent them from falling off very much. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2020 In a forecast discussion posted on the National Hurricane Center site, it was noted that the storm’s development is being limited by southeasterly shear and nearby dry air. Roger Simmons,, 25 Aug. 2019 And those cooling southeasterly winds would gust to 50 mph by 7 p.m. Rain intensified overnight and was especially heavy between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sept. 25. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of southeasterly

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for southeasterly

southeast entry 2 + -erly (as in easterly)

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English Language Learners Definition of southeasterly

: located in or moving toward the southeast
: blowing from the southeast


adverb or adjective
south·​east·​er·​ly | \ sau̇th-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of southeasterly

1 : from the southeast southeasterly gales
2 : toward the southeast a southeasterly direction

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