from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Situated toward the east.
  • adjective Coming or being from the east.
  • noun A storm or wind coming from the east.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Moving or directed eastward: as, an easterly current; an easterly course.
  • Situated toward the east: as, the easterly side of a lake.
  • Looking toward the east: as, an easterly exposure.
  • Coming from the east: as, an easterly wind; an easterly rain.
  • On the east; in the direction of east.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Coming from the east.
  • adjective Situated, directed, or moving toward the east
  • adverb Toward, or in the direction of, the east.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun meteorology Any persistent wind from the east (usually applied to broad currents or belts of easterly winds).
  • adjective Facing the east; directed towards the east.
  • adjective Located towards the east.
  • adjective Coming from the east.
  • adverb In an eastward direction or position; towards the east.
  • adverb From the east.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wind from the east
  • adverb from the east
  • adjective lying in or toward the east
  • adjective from the east; used especially of winds


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from easter + -ly.


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