[south-werd; Nautical suhth-erd]
  1. Also south·wards. toward the south; south.
  1. the southward part, direction, or point.

Origin of southward

before 900; Middle English; Old English sūth weard. See south, -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for southward

Historical Examples of southward

  • After following Lake Barlee for nine miles, it turned to the southward.

  • The wind shifted about this time, to a gentle breeze from the southward and eastward.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The brig must have been about a day's run to the southward of Bermuda.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Geese and black ducks, making their way to the southward, were met with daily.

  • For the tug belonged to a row of piers about a mile to the southward.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for southward


  1. situated, directed, or moving towards the south
  1. the southward part, direction, etc; the south
  1. a variant of southwards
Derived Formssouthwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for southward

Old English suðweard; see south + -ward.

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