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[sahyd-l] /ˈsaɪd l/
verb (used without object), sidled, sidling.
to move sideways or obliquely.
to edge along furtively.
a sidling movement.
Origin of sidle
1690-1700; back formation from sideling (earlier spelling sidling misconstrued as present participle of a verb ending in -le)
Related forms
sidlingly, adverb
unsidling, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then he sidled the horse towards the hedge, and crushed Brightly against its stones.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • If he come around where any of the men was, they split up and sidled away.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He pulled up, and dragged to the surface of the water a crab, which instantly let go and sidled under the boat.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly Charles Heber Clark
  • Lena sidled up to me and said teasingly, 'What made you so solemn?

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Now they sidled, now they trotted, now twirled madly as on a pivot.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • When Pépe would have sidled away, Melchardo bade him keep close.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • Still the policeman did not make any sign; he only sidled a step or two nearer and stood waiting.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • He sidled along the rail and huddled against his brother Tom.

    The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for sidled


verb (intransitive)
to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
to move along sideways
a sideways movement
Derived Forms
sidler, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways
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Word Origin and History for sidled



"to move or go sideways," 1690s, back-formation from obsolete Middle English sidlyng (adv.) "obliquely, sideways; aslant; laterally" (early 14c., perhaps in Old English), from side (n.) + adverbial suffix -ling; altered on analogy of verbs ending in -le. Related: Sidled; sidling. Old English had sidlingweg (n.) "sidelong-way, oblique road."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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