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[sahyd-l] /ˈsaɪd l/
verb (used without object), sidled, sidling.
to move sideways or obliquely.
to edge along furtively.
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 forms
sidlingly, adverb
unsidling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sidled
  • He sidled in and out of a room, to take up the less space.
  • He put his arm around me and sidled over to another part of the case, drawing me along with him.
  • Sasha felt the waiters eying her as she sidled back to the table holding her handbag with its secret weight.
  • But both cities have sidled up to multiple potential suitors, only to find out they were trying to make another city jealous.
  • He sidled up to her, so close that it was sometimes difficult to see what she was doing.
  • After a short stand-off, the crab sidled away and the redbreast went back to its parental duties.
British Dictionary definitions for sidled


verb (intransitive)
to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
to move along sideways
a sideways movement
Derived Forms
sidler, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways
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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."

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