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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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  • "Well, to-morrow I—" Cyrus got up and sidled towards the door.

  • He dropped the tripod thing in a corner, and sidled toward me.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • The big constable, very hot and penitent, sidled into the room.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They sidled through it, fearful that the squeaking might betray them.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Inch by inch he sidled along the wall, fighting all the while until he reached the corner.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • When Pépe would have sidled away, Melchardo bade him keep close.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • 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)
  • Lena sidled up to me and said teasingly, 'What made you so solemn?

    My Antonia Willa Cather
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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