[ sahyd-l ]
See synonyms for: sidlesidled on

verb (used without object),si·dled, si·dling.
  1. to move sideways or obliquely.

  2. to edge along furtively.

  1. a sidling movement.

Origin of sidle

First recorded in 1690–1700; back formation from sideling (earlier spelling sidling misconstrued as present participle of a verb ending in -le)

Other words from sidle

  • si·dling·ly, adverb
  • un·si·dling, adjective

Words Nearby sidle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sidle in a sentence

  • His interlocutor began, with a shake of the eyeglass, to shift and sidle again, as if distinctly excited by the subject.

    The Awkward Age | Henry James
  • "You'll admit it is a tradition," said Saulisbury, glad of a chance to sidle away.

    Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
  • Night after night she would sidle up to his knee, and sue for his notice; and night after night she would retire discomfited.

    The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He could whirl her, dip her, sidle her, lead or pursue her; and she obeyed his will as instantly as if he were her owner.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • Then she tried to sidle through the narrow opening, got stuck, and was urged on by Madge pushing her.

British Dictionary definitions for sidle


/ (ˈsaɪdəl) /

  1. to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along

  2. to move along sideways

  1. a sideways movement

Origin of sidle

C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways

Derived forms of sidle

  • sidler, noun

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