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A southerly wind or gale.
Situated or lying (further) to the south. Now chiefly in place names (especially in Newfoundland).
1no object To move in a southerly direction.
2no object Of the wind: to change to a more southerly direction. Now rare.
Mid 19th century. From south + -er<br>Old English. Cognate with Old Frisian sūther, sūder, sūr, Middle Dutch sūder (Dutch zuider), Middle Low German sǖder, Old High German sundar (Middle High German sunder), ultimately showing a formation from the same base as south with different suffixation; compare adverb and noun forms with final -r cited at south [adjective, noun, preposition]<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Roe (1581–1644), diplomat. Probably from souther; perhaps compare -er. Compare wester, easter, norther.
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