southeasterly

adverb or adjective

south·​east·​er·​ly sau̇th-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio)
sau̇-ˈē-
1
: from the southeast
2
: toward the southeast

Examples of southeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Strong southeasterly winds pushed the fire toward Cape Town’s densely populated neighborhoods, where flames engulfed campus buildings and a hillside restaurant attached to the Rhodes Memorial, which commemorates British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2021 Tomorrow night: Skies should turn partly to mostly cloudy with a light east-southeasterly breeze blowing. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 Afternoon southeasterly breezes could gust around 20 mph at times. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 An area of low pressure over southeastern Pennsylvania will cause an east to southeasterly flow across the region on Thursday resulting in variable cloudiness with high temperatures in the 70s and lower 80s. Hartford Courant, 7 July 2022 The National Weather Service says the southerly to southeasterly flow will bring rain up from northern California. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 This helps raise the dew point a bit, as moisture levels increase slightly, and milder air starts moving in on very light southeasterly breezes. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

southeast entry 2 + -erly (as in easterly)

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of southeasterly was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Southeasterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southeasterly. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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southeasterly

adverb or adjective
south·​east·​er·​ly sau̇-ˈthē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio)
sau̇-ˈē-
1
: from the southeast
2
: toward the southeast

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