sidle

[sahyd-l]
noun
  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
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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

sidle

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

sidle

v.

"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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