verb (used with object), side·swiped, side·swip·ing.

to strike with a sweeping stroke or blow along the side; strike a glancing blow obliquely.


such a strike or blow.

Nearby words

  1. sidesplitting,
  2. sidesplittingly,
  3. sidestep,
  4. sidestream smoke,
  5. sidestroke,
  6. sidetrack,
  7. sidewalk,
  8. sidewalk artist,
  9. sidewalk sale,
  10. sidewalk superintendent

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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



a glancing blow or hit along or from the side
an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject


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