[ sahyd-l ]
See synonyms for: sidlesidled on

verb (used without object),si·dled, si·dling.
  1. to move sideways or obliquely.

  2. to edge along furtively.

  1. a sidling movement.

Origin of sidle

First recorded in 1690–1700; back formation from sideling (earlier spelling sidling misconstrued as present participle of a verb ending in -le)

Other words from sidle

  • si·dling·ly, adverb
  • un·si·dling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sidle in a sentence

  • "It is magnificent to be such a willing—" added Schliemann, sidling up to him with a dreadful leer on his face.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • The yellow-eyed girl came sidling forward and rubbed herself against his thigh, head, shoulder and flank.

    The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
  • All in a quiver, he champed the bit, and came sidling up the road with arched neck, and foam churning from his jaws.

  • But, go sidling or go straight, Uncas had seen the movement, and their trail led us on to the broken bush.

    The Last of the Mohicans | James Fenimore Cooper
  • With a staff in one hand and screening her eyes with the other, old Rachel comes sidling down the steps.

    The Saxons | Edwin Davies Schoonmaker

British Dictionary definitions for sidle


/ (ˈsaɪdəl) /

  1. to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along

  2. to move along sideways

  1. a sideways movement

Origin of sidle

C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways

Derived forms of sidle

  • sidler, noun

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