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[south-ee-ster-lee; Nautical sou-ee-ster-lee]
adjective, adverb
  1. toward or from the southeast.
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Origin of southeasterly

First recorded in 1700–10; south + easterly
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Examples from the Web for southeasterly

Historical Examples

  • The compass indicated that we were moving in a southeasterly direction.

    A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Jules Verne

  • If she should drift two miles more she must float into the southeasterly current that flows under Contrary Head.

  • The route from Baraboo to Parfrey's is along the Merrimack road in a southeasterly direction.

  • They sailed in a southeasterly direction, and landed on the continent of South America, in about thirty degrees south latitude.

  • The southeasterly wind ruffles the bay with white-capped waves and dashes sheets of rain against window and roof.

    Stories of California

    Ella M. Sexton

British Dictionary definitions for southeasterly


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