[ sahyd-strohk ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌstroʊk /


a stroke in which the body is turned sideways in the water, the hands pull alternately, and the legs perform a scissors kick.

verb (used without object), side·stroked, side·strok·ing.

to swim the sidestroke.

Origin of sidestroke

First recorded in 1750–60; side1 + stroke1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sidestroke

/ (ˈsaɪdˌstrəʊk) /


a type of swimming stroke in which the swimmer lies sideways in the water paddling with his arms and making a scissors kick with his legs
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