southwest

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English[edit]

Southwest.
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English southwest, southewest, from Old English sūþwest and sūþanwestan, equivalent to south +‎ west. Cognate with West Frisian súdwest, Dutch zuidwest, German Südwesten, Danish sydvest, Swedish sydväst.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /saʊθˈwɛst/
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  • (nautical, dialectal) IPA(key): /saʊˈwɛst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst

Noun[edit]

southwest (usually uncountable, plural southwests)

  1. The intercardinal compass point halfway between south and west; specifically at a bearing of 225°.
    Antonym: northeast
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803, page 40:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.

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(compass points)

northwest north northeast
west Compass rose simple plain.svg east
southwest south southeast


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Adjective[edit]

southwest (not generally comparable, comparative more southwest, superlative most southwest)

  1. Of, in or pertaining to the southwest; southwestern.
  2. Situated toward or in the direction of the southwest; southwestward; southwesterly.
    A southwest course.
  3. Coming from the southwest; southwesterly.
    A southwest wind.

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Adverb[edit]

southwest (not generally comparable, comparative more southwest, superlative most southwest)

  1. Towards or in the direction of the southwest; southwestwards.
    We are travelling southwest at the moment.

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