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adjective Nautical.
  1. (of a ship or boat) making very little leeway when close-hauled.
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Origin of weatherly

First recorded in 1645–55; weather + -ly
Related formsweath·er·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for weatherly

Historical Examples

  • She's not a bad goer, and weatherly, I think, all will call her.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • She is fairly fast, and weatherly, fairly stiff, and a beautiful sea-boat.

  • But, as they passed the door of Mr Weatherly, a sudden cry was heard.

  • These reports must be lying on your desk while you are conferring with Weatherly.

  • Now, however, cutters as well as schooners have laced mainsails, with appreciable improvement in their weatherly qualities.

British Dictionary definitions for weatherly


  1. (of a sailing vessel) making very little leeway when close-hauled, even in a stiff breeze
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Derived Formsweatherliness, noun
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