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  1. moving, facing, or directed toward one side.
  2. indirect or evasive.
Also sideway, side·wise [sahyd-wahyz] /ˈsaɪdˌwaɪz/.

Origin of sideways

First recorded in 1570–80; side1 + -ways


  1. a byway.
adjective, adverb
  1. sideways.

Origin of sideway

First recorded in 1605–15; side1 + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sideways

Contemporary Examples of sideways

Historical Examples of sideways

  • There are three ways of doing this, forwards, backwards, and sideways.


    John Weaver

  • Then she turned to Sia Kung-Schong, and smiled at him sideways.

  • That was what he had walked off sideways towards the woods for.

  • "Twist about, and go in sideways," muttered the voice first heard.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • In that business of trails a lady's heart has got Rome left standin' sideways.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for sideways


  1. moving, facing, or inclining towards one side
  2. from one side; obliquely
  3. with one side forward
adjective (prenominal)
  1. moving or directed to or from one side
  2. towards or from one side
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Word Origin and History for sideways

1570s, from side (n.) + way, with adverbial genitive. To look sideways "cast scornful glances" is recorded from 1844.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sideways


see knock for a loop (sideways); look sideways at.

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