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[weth -er-lee] /ˈwɛð ər li/
adjective, Nautical.
(of a ship or boat) making very little leeway when close-hauled.
Origin of weatherly
First recorded in 1645-55; weather + -ly
Related forms
weatherliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for weatherly
Historical Examples
  • She's not a bad goer, and weatherly, I think, all will call her.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • She is fairly fast, and weatherly, fairly stiff, and a beautiful sea-boat.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • But, as they passed the door of Mr weatherly, a sudden cry was heard.

  • These reports must be lying on your desk while you are conferring with weatherly.

    In the Days of Poor Richard

    Irving Bacheller
  • Now, however, cutters as well as schooners have laced mainsails, with appreciable improvement in their weatherly qualities.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • The weatherly position of the cutter enabled her to steer rather more than one point freer.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • One weatherly, who kept a tavern, and whose wife wore the —— belt, was very sick.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • It was not usual for mere merchantmen to be as weatherly, or to make as much way through the water, as did all these craft.

    The Crater

    James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is difficult to get a weatherly keel boat on four or even five feet draught.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • It is really wonderful to see how weatherly such a frail affair can be, and how literally safe in a rough seaway.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for weatherly


(of a sailing vessel) making very little leeway when close-hauled, even in a stiff breeze
Derived Forms
weatherliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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