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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wes-ter-lee]
    • /ˈwɛs tər li/
    • /ˈwes.təl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wes-ter-lee]
    • /ˈwɛs tər li/

Definitions of westerly word

  • adjective westerly moving, directed, or situated toward the west: the westerly end of the field. 1
  • adjective westerly (especially of a wind) coming from the west: a westerly gale. 1
  • adverb westerly toward the west: to escape westerly. 1
  • adverb westerly from the west: a sharp wind blowing westerly. 1
  • noun plural westerly a wind that blows from the west: an occasional westerly that pommeled the island. 1
  • noun plural westerly westerlies, (used with a plural verb) any semipermanent belt of westerly winds, especially those that prevail at latitudes lying between the tropical and polar regions of the earth. 1

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Origin of westerly

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; west + -erly, as in easterly

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Parts of speech for Westerly


westerly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for westerly

adjective westerly

  • westward — moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west: a westward migration of farm workers.
  • westbound — proceeding or headed west.
  • westernmost — most western or westerly; farthest west.

Antonyms for westerly

adjective westerly

  • easterly — moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.
  • eastern — lying toward or situated in the east: the eastern half of the island.

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