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


a wind or storm from the southeast.

Origin of southeaster

First recorded in 1830–40; southeast + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for southeaster

Historical Examples of southeaster

  • Inside another hour there was no doubt that we were in for a southeaster.

    The Human Drift

    Jack London

  • That had poured itself out and given place to a southeaster.

    Poor Man's Rock

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Perhaps it is wrong of us to curse this wind, for on board the Fram they are rejoicing that a southeaster has at last sprung up.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Meantime the southeaster, dead ahead and blowing harder every minute, was sending its seas further and further aft.


    John William De Forest

  • But before it came a change of wind; preceding which, as the southeaster died, there were a few moments of calm.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes

    William Perry Brown

British Dictionary definitions for southeaster



a strong wind or storm from the southeast
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