from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated toward the east.
  • adj. Coming or being from the east: easterly winds.
  • n. A storm or wind coming from the east.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any persistent wind from the east (usually applied to broad currents or belts of easterly winds).
  • adj. Facing the east; directed towards the east.
  • adj. Located towards the east.
  • adj. Coming from the east.
  • adv. In an eastward direction or position; towards the east.
  • adv. From the east.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coming from the east.
  • adj. Situated, directed, or moving toward the east
  • adv. Toward, or in the direction of, the east.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Moving or directed eastward: as, an easterly current; an easterly course.
  • Situated toward the east: as, the easterly side of a lake.
  • Looking toward the east: as, an easterly exposure.
  • Coming from the east: as, an easterly wind; an easterly rain.
  • On the east; in the direction of east.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wind from the east
  • adv. from the east
  • adj. lying in or toward the east
  • adj. from the east; used especially of winds


Probably from easter + -ly. (Wiktionary)



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