southwesterly

adverb or adjective

south·​west·​er·​ly sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio)
1
: from the southwest
2
: toward the southwest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mighty Ohio River sweeps up more than just large trees and other natural debris in its strong southwesterly-flowing current, much of which gets unceremoniously deposited at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 One example is the New York Bight, coastal waters that extend southwesterly from the tip of New York State’s Long Island to Cape May at the bottom of New Jersey. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 The wind will be light in the morning and then southwesterly in the afternoon at around 5 mph. courant.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Water from the lake flows southwesterly via the Klamath River through the ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe, emptying into the Pacific. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Water from the lake flows southwesterly via the Klamath River through the ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe, emptying into the Pacific. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Water from the lake flows southwesterly via the Klamath River through the ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe, emptying into the Pacific. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Water from the lake flows southwesterly via the Klamath River through the ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe, emptying into the Pacific. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Water from the lake flows southwesterly via the Klamath River through the ancestral lands of the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Yurok Tribe, emptying into the Pacific. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

southwest entry 2 + -erly (as in westerly)

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of southwesterly was in 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Southwesterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southwesterly. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

southwesterly

adverb or adjective

south·​west·​er·​ly sau̇(th)-ˈwes-tər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio)
1
: from the southwest
2
: toward the southwest

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