[south-west-werd; Nautical sou-west-werd]


Also south·west·wards. toward the southwest.


facing or tending toward the southwest.
coming from the southwest, as a wind.


Origin of southwestward

First recorded in 1540–50; southwest + -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for southwestward

Historical Examples of southwestward

  • The brook was soon gained, and found to flow to the southwestward.

    An Undivided Union

    Oliver Optic

  • Pinzon had repeatedly advised that the course be altered to the southwestward.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

  • Yes, he pointed to the river, and then to the southwestward.


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • And the southwestward movement, once started, never stopped.

  • They followed the South Fork for some distance, and then, turning southward and southwestward, crossed the plains of Colorado.

British Dictionary definitions for southwestward



from or towards the southwest


a variant of southwestwards


a direction towards or area in the southwest
Derived Formssouthwestwardly, adjective, adverb
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