- to move sideways or obliquely.
- to edge along furtively.
- a sidling movement.
Origin of sidle
Examples from the Web for sidled
President Obama drew close and Reverend Graham sidled up to the president in his sitting chair.When Obama Visited Billy Graham, Each Man Prayed for the Other
November 7, 2013
He sidled up to a plainclothes security officer and thrust the box toward him.My Trip With a Terrorist
August 27, 2010
"Well, to-morrow I—" Cyrus got up and sidled towards the door.Quaint Courtships
He dropped the tripod thing in a corner, and sidled toward me.Sorry: Wrong Dimension
The big constable, very hot and penitent, sidled into the room.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
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
- to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
- to move along sideways
- a sideways movement
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."