1. 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. 2018

Related Words for sidling

saunter, inch, tilt, ease, edge, veer

Examples from the Web for sidling

Contemporary Examples of sidling

Historical Examples of sidling

  • And sidling his horse nearer he tore aside the curtains of my litter.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Her mule staggered, sidling close to the rock, and then went on.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • They looked at each other, and then saw Polly sidling back to the soldier.

  • Nevertheless he entered hastily, sidling like a dog which expects a kick.

  • There is even less in being sick and sidling around in everybody's way.

    Cutting It out

    Samuel G. Blythe

British Dictionary definitions for sidling


verb (intr)
  1. to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
  2. to move along sideways
  1. 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 sidling



"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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