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[nawrth-wes-ter-lee; Nautical nawr-wes-ter-lee]
adjective, adverb
  1. toward or from the northwest.
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Origin of northwesterly

First recorded in 1605–15; northwester + -ly
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Examples from the Web for northwesterly

Historical Examples of northwesterly

  • A creek ran out of its northwesterly end, flowing in that direction.

    The Long Labrador Trail

    Dillon Wallace

  • For about a quarter of its length it runs in a northwesterly direction.

  • The northwesterly direction that they were following confirmed him in this belief.

    The Young Trailers

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • They were located just one mile outside the city in a northwesterly direction.

    S.O.S. Stand to!

    Reginald Grant

  • Entering the range, we continued in a northwesterly direction up the valley, which here bent to the right.

British Dictionary definitions for northwesterly


adjective, adverb
  1. in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the northwest
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noun plural -lies
  1. a wind or storm from the northwest
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