[ sahyd-weyz ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌweɪz /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sidewalk superintendent,
  2. sidewalking,
  3. sidewall,
  4. sideward,
  5. sideway,
  6. sidewheel,
  7. sidewheeler,
  8. sidewind,
  9. sidewinder,
  10. sidhe

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

Origin of sideways

First recorded in 1570–80; side1 + -ways


[ sahyd-wey ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌweɪ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for sideways


/ (ˈsaɪdˌweɪz) /


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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