The northern part or side of something; the north; also in extended use. Compare "northdeal", north half .
Middle English; earliest use found in Layamon (fl. 1250), poet. From north + side. Compare Old Frisian northsīde, Middle Dutch nortsīde (Dutch noordzijde), Middle Low German nōrtsīde, Old High German nordsīta (German Nordseite), Old Swedish norrsijda (Swedish nordsida), Danish nordside.