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northerly

[nawr-th er-lee]
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adjective
  1. moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
  2. (especially of a wind) coming from the north: a northerly gale.
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adverb
  1. toward the north.
  2. from the north.
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noun, plural north·er·lies.
  1. a wind that blows from the north.
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Origin of northerly

1545–55; north + -erly, modeled on easterly
Related formsnorth·er·li·ness, noun
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northerly

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the north
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adverb, adjective
  1. towards or in the direction of the north
  2. from the northa northerly wind
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noun plural -lies
  1. a wind from the north
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Derived Formsnortherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for northerly

adj., adv.

1550s, from northern + -ly (2) on pattern of easterly, westerly.

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