[ dee-zuh l ]
/ ˈdi zəl /

adverb Chiefly Scot.

clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious.

Nearby words

  1. dearest,
  2. dearly,
  3. dearterialization,
  4. dearth,
  5. deary,
  6. death,
  7. death adder,
  8. death and taxes, certain as,
  9. death angel,
  10. death bell

Compare withershins.

Origin of deasil

1765–75; < Scots Gaelic, Irish deiseal, MIr dessel, equivalent to dess right, south + sel turn, time; opposed in Ir to túaithbel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deasil


/ (ˈdiːzəl, ˈdiːʃəl) Scot /


in the direction of the apparent course of the sun; clockwise


motion in this direction
Compare withershins

Word Origin for deasil

C18: Scot Gaelic deiseil

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Word Origin and History for deasil



"rightwise, turned toward the right; motion according to the apparent course of the sun," 1771, from Gaelic deiseil, deiseal (adjective and adverb) "toward the south," taken in sense of "toward the right," from deas "right, right-hand; south," cognate with Irish deas, Old Irish dess, des, Welsh dehau, and ultimately with Latin dexter (see dexterity). The second element of the Gaelic word is not explained (one old guess, in the Century Dictionary (1902), is a proposed *iul "direction, guidance").

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