Definition of leewardly in English:

leewardly

Pronunciation /ˈluːədli//ˈliːwədli/

adjective

  • (of a ship) liable to drift to leeward when sailing close to the wind.

    • ‘Cambria was generously given the weather end of the line but as the signal was given the wind changed and made her the most leewardly boat, resulting in a poor start.’
    • ‘Rivers demanded shallow craft, so the Orkney-man in the service built his river boats with ‘flat floors’ which made them very leewardly; but he retained the high bow and stern posts of his island fishing boats, and their two sharp ends.’
    • ‘A smaller sailing ship with the same relative proportions as a larger ship was doomed by the mathematics of the situation to be a more leewardly ship.’
    • ‘A vessel in which the loss of ground downwind is minimal is described as weatherly, as opposed to leewardly.’
    • ‘I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Company's steamer ‘Nemesis,’ under my command, was obliged to part company with the fleet, being light, and consequently very leewardly.’

Pronunciation

leewardly

/ˈluːədli//ˈliːwədli/