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.

Nearby words

  1. downward mobility,
  2. downwardly,
  3. downwards,
  4. downwash,
  5. downwelling,
  6. downy,
  7. downy mildew,
  8. downy woodpecker,
  9. downzone,
  10. dowry

Compare upwind.

Origin of downwind

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

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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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