[ sahyd-lawng, -long ]
See synonyms for sidelong on
  1. directed to one side: a sidelong glance.

  2. inclined or slanting to one side.

  1. indirect; roundabout: sidelong comments about his appearance.

  1. toward the side; obliquely.

Origin of sidelong

First recorded in 1515–25; side1 + long1

Words Nearby sidelong Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sidelong in a sentence

  • Vyrtl, with a concentration of will, prevented his eyes from peeping sidelong at Wilkins' expression.

    The Envoy, Her | Horace Brown Fyfe
  • He moved downwards in a sidelong way, some hundred feet down, and a good deal to the left.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker
  • "I don't think so," she said, with a sidelong lifting of the heavy lashes; and I caught the color of her eyes for a second.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for sidelong


/ (ˈsaɪdˌlɒŋ) /

  1. directed or inclining to one side

  2. indirect or oblique

  1. from the side; obliquely

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