[south-west-werd; Nautical sou-west-werd]
  1. facing or tending toward the southwest.
  2. coming from the southwest, as a wind.
  1. the southwest.

Origin of southwestward

First recorded in 1540–50; southwest + -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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


  1. from or towards the southwest
  1. a variant of southwestwards
  1. a direction towards or area in the southwest
Derived Formssouthwestwardly, adjective, adverb
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