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

Origin of sideways

First recorded in 1570–80; side1 + -ways

Definition for sideways (2 of 2)

[ 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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sideways

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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Idioms and Phrases with sideways


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

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