in the direction toward which the wind is blowing: We coasted downwind.
on or toward the lee side: The lion was running downwind of us and caught our scent.


moving downwind: a downwind current.
situated on or toward the lee side: The downwind halyard blew outboard.

Compare upwind.

Origin of downwind

First recorded in 1850–55; down1 + wind1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for downwind

Contemporary Examples of downwind

Historical Examples of downwind

  • And when a buffalo ran, he ran into the wind, not downwind, like the deer.

  • But they were downwind from it and it went elsewhere in search of prey.

    A World Called Crimson

    Darius John Granger

  • Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.


    A. S. Walker

  • Note that this was downwind for him, and that rhinoceroses usually escape upwind.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • Well, just remember this then, never make a downwind landing with a seaplane in a wind blowing over eighteen miles an hour.

British Dictionary definitions for downwind


adverb, adjective

in the same direction towards which the wind is blowing; with the wind from behind
towards or on the side away from the wind; leeward
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