[ nawrth-nawrth-eest; Nautical nawr-nawr-eest ]

  1. the point on the compass midway between north and northeast. Abbreviation: NNE

  1. coming from this point: facing a north-northeast wind.

  2. directed toward this point: a north-northeast course.

  1. toward this point: sailing north-northeast.

Origin of north-northeast

1400–50; late Middle English north north est;see north, northeast

Words Nearby north-northeast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use north-northeast in a sentence

  • The former consulted his compass, and saw, with satisfaction, that the wind was carrying them toward the north-northeast.

British Dictionary definitions for north-northeast


  1. the point on the compass or the direction midway between north and northeast, 22° 30′ clockwise from north

adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction

  • Symbol: NNE

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