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[nawrth-nawrth-west; Nautical nawr-nawr-west]
  1. the point on the compass midway between north and northwest. Abbreviation: NNW
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  1. coming from this point: a north-northwest wind.
  2. directed toward this point: a north-northwest course.
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  1. toward this point: sailing north-northwest.
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Origin of north-northwest

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at north, northwest
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Examples from the Web for north-northwest

Historical Examples of north-northwest

  • It was visible at least twenty miles off to the north-northwest.

    The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras

    Jules Verne

  • The result of observation indicates that our heaviest shocks are in the direction south-southeast to north-northwest.

  • Our course was north-northwest, and therefore the wind enabled us to hold it without much trouble.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Yesterday there was a fresh breeze from the north-northwest (magnetic), and the same again to-day.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • The route was north-northwest through the woods, Marshall carrying a compass, by which he held his course.

British Dictionary definitions for north-northwest


  1. the point on the compass or the direction midway between northwest and north, 337° 30′ clockwise from north
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adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction
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Symbol: NNW
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