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[sahyd-lawng, -long] /ˈsaɪdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
directed to one side:
a sidelong glance.
inclined or slanting to one side.
indirect; roundabout:
sidelong comments about his appearance.
toward the side; obliquely.
Origin of sidelong
First recorded in 1515-25; side1 + long1 Unabridged
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  • Kirkwood could see his shamefaced, sidelong glances; and despised him properly for them.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang Jack London
  • But she heard her chuckles; she could feel her sidelong glances.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He again gave his boy that sidelong look and laughed his voiceless laugh.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • His sidelong glances cannot miss the irregular, chalked characters.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Mr. Drayton gave Hugh a sidelong glance of great astuteness.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Genevive curtsied with a puzzled air and a sidelong glance at her sister.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • He shot her a swift, sidelong glance; then stopped, and turned.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • His quiet eyes took the other in in a quick, sidelong glance.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for sidelong


adjective (prenominal)
directed or inclining to one side
indirect or oblique
from the side; obliquely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sidelong

"towartd the side," 1570s, alteration of Middle English sidlyng (see sidle), probably by influence of side (n.) + long (adj.). As an adjective from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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