verb (used without object), si·dled, si·dling.

to move sideways or obliquely.
to edge along furtively.


a sidling movement.

Origin of sidle

1690–1700; back formation from sideling (earlier spelling sidling misconstrued as present participle of a verb ending in -le)
Related formssi·dling·ly, adverbun·si·dling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sidled

saunter, inch, tilt, ease, edge, veer

Examples from the Web for sidled

Contemporary Examples of sidled

Historical Examples of sidled

  • "Well, to-morrow I—" Cyrus got up and sidled towards the door.

  • He dropped the tripod thing in a corner, and sidled toward me.

  • The big constable, very hot and penitent, sidled into the room.

  • They sidled through it, fearful that the squeaking might betray them.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • Inch by inch he sidled along the wall, fighting all the while until he reached the corner.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

British Dictionary definitions for sidled


verb (intr)

to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
to move along sideways


a sideways movement
Derived Formssidler, noun

Word Origin for sidle

C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways
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Word Origin and History for sidled



"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."

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