AskDefine | Define southwest

Dictionary Definition

south-west adv : to, toward, or in the southwest [syn: southwest, sou'west]southwest adj
1 coming from the southwest; "the winds are southwesterly" [syn: southwesterly]
2 situated in or oriented toward the southwest [syn: southwestern, southwesterly]


1 the compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees [syn: sou'-west, SW]
2 the southwestern region of the United States [syn: southwestern United States] adv : to, toward, or in the southwest [syn: south-west, sou'west]

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Alternative forms


  1. The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW.



  1. Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern.


Extensive Definition

Southwest or south west is the ordinal direction halfway between south and west, the opposite of northeast.
Southwest or south west may also refer to:

Various locations


United Kingdom

United States

southwest in Danish: Sydvest
southwest in German: Südwest
southwest in Estonian: Edel
southwest in French: Sud-Ouest
southwest in Dutch: Sud-Ouest
southwest in Japanese: 南西
southwest in Polish: Południowy zachód
southwest in Portuguese: Sudoeste
southwest in Simple English: Southwest
southwest in Slovak: Southwest
southwest in Serbian: Југозапад
southwest in Finnish: Lounas (ilmansuunta)
southwest in Chinese: 西南

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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