[ suhth-er-lee ]
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adjective, adverb
  1. toward the south: a southerly course.

  2. (especially of a wind) coming from the south: a gentle southerly breeze.

noun,plural south·er·lies.
  1. a wind that blows from the south.

Origin of southerly

1545–55; south + -erly (see easterly)

Other words from southerly

  • south·er·li·ness, noun

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

How to use southerly in a sentence

  • The ship lifted, took off alone in a southerly direction, flying higher and higher and out of sight.

    Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
  • In a southerly direction, lying between the forest line and cliff brink, were dotted small huts at long intervals.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • southerly and south-easterly gales, known as 'southerly busters,' often last three days, and bring cold rain and dirty weather.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • A darkening of the water some miles distant showed that a southerly breeze was coming in.

    The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
  • A brisk southerly wind prevailed, that rendered the atmosphere less oppressive than usual.

British Dictionary definitions for southerly


/ (ˈsʌðəlɪ) /

  1. of, relating to, or situated in the south

adverb, adjective
  1. towards or in the direction of the south

  2. from the south: a southerly wind

nounplural -lies
  1. a wind from the south

Derived forms of southerly

  • southerliness, noun

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