[nawrth-nawrth-west; Nautical nawr-nawr-west]


the point on the compass midway between north and northwest. Abbreviation: NNW


coming from this point: a north-northwest wind.
directed toward this point: a north-northwest course.


toward this point: sailing north-northwest.

Nearby words

  1. north, sir thomas,
  2. north-bound,
  3. north-easter,
  4. north-northeast,
  5. north-northeastward,
  6. north-northwestward,
  7. north-sea gas,
  8. north-west frontier province,
  9. northallerton,
  10. northampton

Origin of north-northwest

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at north, northwest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for north-northwest

British Dictionary definitions for north-northwest



the point on the compass or the direction midway between northwest and north, 337° 30′ clockwise from north

adjective, adverb

in, from, or towards this direction
Symbol: NNW

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