Share this entry

northerly Line breaks: north|er¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːðəli/

Definition of northerly in English:

adjective& adverb

1In a northward position or direction: [as adjective]: he set off in a northerly direction
More example sentences
  • As the hurricane itself passes through, what we seem to now be getting is the wind almost blowing from the west to east, and then in a northerly direction, which is just the opposite of what we've been getting up to now.
  • The Ox Mountains stretch from Foxford in east Mayo right through south Sligo in a northerly direction towards Ballysadare Bay and provides a home for approximately 30,000 hill ewes.
  • The path runs from the A4 Marlborough-Beckhampton road by the Thames water pumping station at Clatford and runs in a northerly direction to Manton House Stables.
1.1(Of wind) blowing from the north: [as adjective]: a fresh northerly wind [as adverb]: the wind was gusting northerly
More example sentences
  • Another less useful and sometimes damaging effect of mountains is their funnelling properties: The Mistral is a cold northerly wind that is redirected through the Rhone valley by the surrounding heights.
  • Hail showers are quite common over the British Isles in westerly and northerly airstreams in spring, but really large hailstones tend to occur in the south and are very much a feature of Summer months.
  • Several fires were already burning in Tasmania by the 7th, when an approaching cold front brought strengthening northerly winds and extremely hot air.

noun (plural northerlies)

Back to top  
A wind blowing from the north: we saw a number of petrels in the strong northerlies
More example sentences
  • They loom as dark shadows in the consciousness of residents of these states on summer days when strong northerlies, extreme heat, and low humidity follow a long dry period.
  • Between March and September, strong northerlies blow the whole length of the waterway.
  • With a forecast for light northerlies we head back to Mt. Buffalo.

Definition of northerly in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: iˈnäkyo͞oəs
not harmful or offensive