south

1 of 3

adverb

1
: to, toward, or in the south
a house facing south
2
: into a state of decline or ruin
causes the sluggish economy to go south G. F. Will

south

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the south
the south entrance
2
: coming from the south
a south wind

south

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the direction of the south terrestrial pole : the direction to the right of one facing east
b
: the compass point directly opposite to north
2
capitalized : regions or countries lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation
especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.
3
: the right side of a church looking toward the altar from the nave
4
often capitalized
a
: the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the south or at the bottom of a diagram
b
: a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity
specifically : the declarer in bridge
5
often capitalized : the developing nations of the world : third world sense 1 compare north sense 2b

Example Sentences

Adverb Turn south onto Elm Street. It's a mile south of here. The birds fly south in the winter. The company's profits have gone south in recent months. The TV show's ratings have been heading south. Noun The wind blew from the south. The birds migrate from the South. Parts of the South were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the South. The American Civil War was between the North and the South. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
On January 13, Feinberg and a companion set off on camels, disguised as Bedouin, heading south toward Sinai to link up with British forces. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 Winds will be from the south-southwest around 10 mph, with higher gusts. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Its first flight, in May 1918, began with pilot George Boyle departing Washington and accidentally heading south toward Maryland instead of north toward Philadelphia. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Two suspects ran from a car that had crashed while heading south on Interstate 75. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2022 Democrat Tasha Boerner Horvath, first elected in 2018, was ahead of Dan Downey, a financial adviser, in the 77th District, which runs from Carlsbad south along the coast to Point Loma and Coronado, dipping inland to include University City. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 Fall is the time when many in the RV community make like snowbirds and begin heading south for the winter. cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 One of Portland’s most dynamic basketball players is heading south to continue his high school career. oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2022 The hurricane center said Karl was centered about 250 miles north-northeast of the port city of Veracruz and was headed south-southeast at 5 mph. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022
Adjective
The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and garland bearing white flowers. CBS News, 19 Nov. 2022 The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and Washington Monument, was decorated with wreaths and garland bearing white flowers. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and garland bearing white flowers. Darlene Superville, al, 19 Nov. 2022 Houston Arboretum’s acreage features eight ponds and wetland areas, plus Buffalo Bayou on its south side, making lots of wildlife sightings possible. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 19 Nov. 2022 The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and Washington Monument, was decorated with wreaths and garland bearing white flowers. Darlene Superville, ajc, 19 Nov. 2022 This winter will be a bit warmer across the south suburbs for those in need thanks to the combined efforts of students and staff at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Two separate shootings killed a 49-year-old man on Milwaukee’s near south side and injured three adults on the city’s west side Thursday. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2022 The Midland will cross the the north side of the bridge and the south side will not have sidewalk. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2022
Noun
Analysts say that Russian rocket attacks on the energy industry do not affect the successful advance of the Ukrainian army in the south and the situation on the battlefield in general. Yuras Karmanau, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 In his evening address, Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces were making small gains in the eastern Luhansk region and were holding their ground in battles in the south. John Leicester And Hanna Arhirova, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, the attack on the Kerch Bridge on October 8 is hindering Russian resupply efforts in the south. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2022 The Bucs and Warriors will play for the sixth straight time in the north semifinals tonight, while Auburn and Central will play for the fourth straight time in the south. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 18 Nov. 2022 Mexico stepped up immigration controls in the south. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The strikes on Kyiv and other cities Tuesday signaled the setbacks in the south were unlikely to immediately change this strategy and persuade Moscow to come to the table willing to compromise. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2022 Bavaria in the south is to change its rules as early as Wednesday. Fox News, 11 Nov. 2022 Recapturing Kherson could allow Ukraine to win back lost territory in the south, including Crimea, which Moscow illegally seized in 2014. Sam Mednick And Yuras Karmanau, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English sūth; akin to Old High German sund- south and probably to Old English sunne sun

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of south was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“South.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/south. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

south 1 of 3

adverb

: to or toward the south

south

2 of 3

adjective

1
: situated toward or at the south
the south entrance
2
: coming from the south
a south wind

south

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the direction to the right of one facing east
b
: the compass point opposite to north
2
capitalized : regions or countries south of a point that is mentioned or understood
especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.

Biographical Definition

South

biographical name

Robert 1634–1716 English clergyman

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