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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.


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


southwest (usually uncountable, plural southwests)

  1. The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW.
    • 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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northwest north northeast
west Compass rose simple plain.svg east
southwest south southeast

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southwest (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the southwest; southwestern.
  2. Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern.
  3. From the southwest, southwesterly