verb (used with object), side·swiped, side·swip·ing.
  1. to strike with a sweeping stroke or blow along the side; strike a glancing blow obliquely.
  1. such a strike or blow.

Origin of sideswipe

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; side1 + swipe
Related formsside·swip·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for side-swipe

Historical Examples of side-swipe

  • I see Emily make a side-swipe with her nozzle at a stout gent who's in the act of climbing a telegraph-pole hand over hand.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for side-swipe


  1. a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
  2. an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
  1. to strike (someone) with such a blow
Derived Formssideswiper, noun
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Word Origin and History for side-swipe

also sideswipe, "to strike with a glancing blow," 1904, from side (adj.) + swipe (v.). Related: Side-swiped; side-swiping. The noun is first recorded 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper