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[south-wes-ter-lee; Nautical sou-wes-ter-lee] /ˌsaʊθˈwɛs tər li; Nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛs tər li/
adjective, adverb
toward or from the southwest.
Origin of southwesterly
1700-10; southwest + -erly (see easterly) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for southwesterly
  • southwesterly winds began to clear the air by late morning.
  • Immediately after the accident the southwesterly winds began to build, the four-foot seas whipped into whitecaps.
  • She loved packing a lunch and riding a southwesterly breeze to the ocean, reading on the beach, and sailing back.
  • Prepare for coho on power lines when southwesterly winds disperse ice near rocks.
  • But, the flow becomes more southwesterly by the weekend.
British Dictionary definitions for southwesterly


/ˌsaʊθˈwɛstəlɪ; nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛstəlɪ/
adjective, adverb
in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the southwest
noun (pl) -lies
a wind or storm from the southwest
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