One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated in or directed towards the north-east. Also (of a wind): blowing from the north-east.
In a north-easterly direction; towards the north-east.
Early 18th century. From north + eastwardly. Compare earlier north-eastward<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in Christopher Gist (c1705–1759), explorer, surveyor, and Indian agent. From north-eastward + -ly, after eastwardly.
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