Definition of weatherly in English:



  • (of a boat) able to sail close to the wind without drifting to leeward.

    ‘the boat came with the weatherly deep keel configuration’
    • ‘Therefore, they had shallow drafts and rode low in the water; while they were more seaworthy than many of the northern ironclads, their weatherly qualities were dubious.’
    • ‘As would be expected, the deep keel version is slightly more weatherly than the wing keel version.’
    • ‘We learned that she would have been a first-class sea boat, fast and weatherly, certainly capable of crossing the English Channel.’
    • ‘When it comes to gaff-rigged catboats, this one is among the fastest and most weatherly of this genre.’