Definition of easterly in English:


adverb & adjective

  • 1In an eastward position or direction.

    [as adjective] ‘he ordered an easterly course’
    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the east.
      [as adjective] ‘the light easterly breeze’


  • A wind blowing from the east.

    ‘the water was grey with the usual garbage the easterlies always brought in’
    • ‘Within an hour we were standing on a torn up area of turf being blasted by a strong north easterly.’
    • ‘After six hours sleep we woke up to a south easterly and clouds drifting past.’
    • ‘At all times, a west wind is best, though an easterly can be useful if it's not too fresh.’
    • ‘Mike had been right; easterlies are best avoided at Swanage.’
    • ‘Once the kayakers had rounded the peninsular, they were protected from the seasonal north easterly.’
    • ‘Even with a force six easterly bearing in from the North Sea yesterday, Crail still appeared like the cosy little corner of the East Neuk of Fife it undoubtedly is.’
    • ‘Although the met office had warned of a mean north easterly topping out at force five, wind never topped a four in the gusts and generally settled into a two to three routine.’
    • ‘There are plenty of boat-diving opportunities that don't involve going too deep, though this can be spoilt by a strong easterly.’
    • ‘It's terrible what a cold north easterly can do to your equipment.’
    • ‘With brilliant sunshine, the penultimate race of the season brought a light north easterly so sail pumping was the order of the day.’
    • ‘The North easterly persisted for about 8 days, keeping temperatures very low but we put up three bivvies which gave us protection from the conditions.’
    • ‘The weather had been superb, with persistent easterlies and a lot of sunshine.’
    • ‘A birdwatcher said he'd seen two yellow-browed warblers, and that they only come this time of the year on the easterlies from Siberia, rare visitors, they look like goldcrests.’
    • ‘It was blowing a light easterly today so I headed back to the Ditchling field.’
    • ‘The Capricorn Corsair drove through the smooth harbour water before the steady easterly that flowed seaward on summer nights.’
    • ‘Christmas Day itself generally dawns grey, with an easterly blustering off the Pacific, but it doesn't matter!’
    • ‘The jet streams, the trade winds, westerlies, polar easterlies and other global and local winds all help to give the planet distinct zones, from polar or temperate to Mediterranean or tropical.’
    • ‘A moderate easterly provided a lively sea for the sailors.’
    • ‘It was looking like a very light easterly so we planned to fly out from a field behind Mt Caburn and on to Beachy Head and Eastbourne before turning inland and back to the field.’