- to move sideways or obliquely.
- to edge along furtively.
- a sidling movement.
Origin of sidle
Examples from the Web for sidling
Still, Obama sidling up to bondholders should come as no surprise.Barack Obama’s Herbert Hoover Budget a Political Boon for Republicans
April 12, 2013
They deployed much like Western drug dealers, sidling up to pedestrians to whisper, “Dog, got a dog.”The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
And sidling his horse nearer he tore aside the curtains of my litter.The Shame of Motley
Her mule staggered, sidling close to the rock, and then went on.A Set of Six
They looked at each other, and then saw Polly sidling back to the soldier.In Happy Valley
Nevertheless he entered hastily, sidling like a dog which expects a kick.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
There is even less in being sick and sidling around in everybody's way.Cutting It out
Samuel G. Blythe
- to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
- to move along sideways
- a sideways movement
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."