[sahyd-lawng, -long]
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  1. directed to one side: a sidelong glance.
  2. inclined or slanting to one side.
  3. indirect; roundabout: sidelong comments about his appearance.
  1. toward the side; obliquely.

Origin of sidelong

First recorded in 1515–25; side1 + long1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sidelong

Contemporary Examples of sidelong

  • Millions of dads probably got the same lines, giving them no more than a sidelong glance before dinner.

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    Dealing With Dad the Dealer

    Tony Doukopil

    April 9, 2014

Historical Examples of sidelong

  • Kirkwood could see his shamefaced, sidelong glances; and despised him properly for them.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • But she heard her chuckles; she could feel her sidelong glances.


    Emile Zola

  • He again gave his boy that sidelong look and laughed his voiceless laugh.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • His sidelong glances cannot miss the irregular, chalked characters.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for sidelong


adjective (prenominal)
  1. directed or inclining to one side
  2. indirect or oblique
  1. from the side; obliquely
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Word Origin and History for sidelong

"towartd the side," 1570s, alteration of Middle English sidlyng (see sidle), probably by influence of side (n.) + long (adj.). As an adjective from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper