[west-nawrth-west; Nautical west-nawr-west]Navigation, Surveying
  1. coming from this point: a west-northwest wind.
  2. directed toward this point: a west-northwest course.
  1. toward this point: sailing west-northwest. Abbreviation: WNW

Origin of west-northwest

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for west-northwest

Historical Examples of west-northwest

  • Uangnang, west-northwest, Cumberland Sound; west-southwest in Akudnirn.

  • At the first dawn of day, a current drove it gently toward the west-northwest.

  • These dunes, 20 to 30 feet high, were deeply cut by winds from the west-northwest.

  • "I reckon we've been going about west-northwest since we left the settlement," one of the men said to Gerald.

    Harding of Allenwood

    Harold Bindloss

  • The wind, which had been blowing a gale from the southeast, veered suddenly to west-northwest.

    The Sea Rovers

    Rufus Rockwell Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for west-northwest


  1. the point on the compass or the direction midway between west and northwest, 292° 30′ clockwise from north
adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction
Symbol: WNW
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