[ south-ee-ster; Nautical sou-ee-ster ]

  1. a wind or storm from the southeast.

Origin of southeaster

First recorded in 1830–40; southeast + -er1

Words Nearby southeaster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use southeaster in a sentence

  • The ship careened, a stiff southeaster heeling her to starboard.

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
  • "A nasty southeaster," said Doctor Wilhelm, passing by beside the tall figure of the first mate.

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
  • In six days we had two stiff blows, and, in addition, one proper southwester and one rip-snorting southeaster.

    The Human Drift | Jack London
  • He had an ugly trip down the coast: lost his deck load and three men overboard in a southeaster off Nantucket Shoals.

    In Exile and Other Stories | Mary Hallock Foote
  • Many a time had Captain Bean weathered Hatteras in a southeaster, but never had he met such a storm of feminine fury as this.

    Horses Nine | Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for southeaster


/ (ˌsaʊθˈiːstə, nautical ˌsaʊˈiːstə) /

  1. a strong wind or storm from the southeast

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