adjective, adverb

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

noun, plural south·er·lies.

a wind that blows from the south.


Nearby words

  1. southeastward,
  2. southeastwardly,
  3. southeastwards,
  4. southend-on-sea,
  5. souther,
  6. southerly buster,
  7. southern,
  8. southern alps,
  9. southern baptist,
  10. southern blight

Origin of southerly

1545–55; south + -erly (see easterly)

Related formssouth·er·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for southerly



of, relating to, or situated in the south

adverb, adjective

towards or in the direction of the south
from the southa southerly wind

noun plural -lies

a wind from the south
Derived Formssoutherliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for southerly


1550s (adj.); 1570s (adv.); from southern + -ly. Related: Southerliness.

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