sidelong

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

adjective

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

adverb

toward the side; obliquely.

Nearby words

  1. sideliner,
  2. sidelines,
  3. sideling,
  4. sideload,
  5. sidelock,
  6. sideman,
  7. sidenote,
  8. sidepiece,
  9. sidereal,
  10. sidereal day

Origin of sidelong

First recorded in 1515–25; side1 + long1

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British Dictionary definitions for sidelong

sidelong

/ (ˈsaɪdˌlɒŋ) /

adjective (prenominal)

directed or inclining to one side
indirect or oblique

adverb

from the side; obliquely
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Word Origin and History for sidelong

sidelong

adv.

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

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