- to move sideways or obliquely.
- to edge along furtively.
- a sidling movement.
Origin of sidle
Examples from the Web for sidle
He resisted the lures of the buckle bunnies who linger late in a rodeo arena, looking to sidle up against the winners.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
Best Seat in the House: Sidle up to the glossy bar in the Lobby; reserve a table near the fireplace in the Punch Room.Where to Fall in Love—or Just Get Drunk—on Valentine’s Day
Condé Nast Traveler
February 12, 2014
Sidle up to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel, the alleged originator of the Bloody Mary.The Untouristy Guide to the Holidays in New York
Condé Nast Traveler
December 11, 2013
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening, Talk honestly, for no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
However, now is the chance to sidle up to the newly engaged royal—or at least a faux version of him.How to Marry Prince William
February 8, 2011
"You'll admit it is a tradition," said Saulisbury, glad of a chance to sidle away.Wayside Courtships
In the midst of her satisfaction she continued to sidle, and at last the cause was disclosed.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
Fillmore heaved a sigh of relief and began to sidle from the room.The Adventures of Sally
P. G. Wodehouse
Let us take notice too, of what lies side by sidle quietly in our own souls.Catharine Furze
Then Bess will sidle around me thinking she can get into the Sans.Marjorie Dean College Junior
- to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
- to move along sideways
- a sideways movement
Word Origin and History for sidle
"to move or go sideways," 1690s, back-formation from obsolete Middle English sidlyng (adv.) "obliquely, sideways; aslant; laterally" (early 14c., perhaps in Old English), from side (n.) + adverbial suffix -ling; altered on analogy of verbs ending in -le. Related: Sidled; sidling. Old English had sidlingweg (n.) "sidelong-way, oblique road."