[ sahyd-lawng, -long ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ /


directed to one side: a sidelong glance.
inclined or slanting to one side.
indirect; roundabout: sidelong comments about his appearance.


toward the side; obliquely.


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Origin of sidelong

First recorded in 1515–25; side1 + long1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sidelong

/ (ˈsaɪdˌlɒŋ) /

adjective (prenominal)

directed or inclining to one side
indirect or oblique


from the side; obliquely
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