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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/
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- (nautical, dialectal) IPA(key): /saʊˈwɛst/
- Rhymes: -ɛst
- 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, 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.
- Of, in or pertaining to the southwest; southwestern.
- Situated toward or in the direction of the southwest; southwestward; southwesterly.
- A southwest course.
- Coming from the southwest; southwesterly.
- A southwest wind.
southwestern — see southwestern
southwesterly — see southwesterly
- Towards or in the direction of the southwest; southwestwards.
- We are travelling southwest at the moment.