with a side foremost.
facing to the side.
toward or from one side.
with a deceitful, scornful, disparaging, or amorous glance.


moving, facing, or directed toward one side.
indirect or evasive.

Also sideway, side·wise [sahyd-wahyz] /ˈsaɪdˌwaɪz/.

Origin of sideways

First recorded in 1570–80; side1 + -ways




a byway.

adjective, adverb

Origin of sideway

First recorded in 1605–15; side1 + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



moving, facing, or inclining towards one side
from one side; obliquely
with one side forward

adjective (prenominal)

moving or directed to or from one side
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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