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 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,, "Tropical Storm Dorian expected to strengthen into hurricane by Tuesday, forecasters say," 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, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 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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“Southeasterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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