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  1. going toward the north: northbound traffic.
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Origin of northbound

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; north + -bound2
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Related Words

northward, northern, arctic, northerly, tundra, cold, hyperborean, frozen, polar, boreal, northbound, northmost

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Historical Examples

  • I tried one of the north-bound at 8,000 feet; but the going was awkward.

    Tarrano the Conqueror

    Raymond King Cummings

  • A few minutes later the two were on a north-bound Broadway car.

  • It was that passage we held the north-bound Savannah steamer for seven hours.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

  • The north-bound trains may be no good to beat, and they may be no good to beg.

    The Road

    Jack London

  • An hour later, having given hurried explanations to Anne and started her off in a cab, he was on a north-bound train.


    Edna Turpin

British Dictionary definitions for north-bound


  1. going or leading towards the north
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Word Origin and History for north-bound


1903, from north + bound (adj.2).

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