adverb (or adjective)

Definition of southwardly

: in a southern direction proceed southwardly … through the great region of slaves— Hastings Lyon

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First Known Use of southwardly

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of southwardly was in 1579

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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