sidle [sahyd-l] ExamplesWord Origin 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 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 Related Words for sidling saunter, inch, tilt, ease, edge, veer Examples from the Web for sidling Contemporary Examples of sidling

  • Still, Obama sidling up to bondholders should come as no surprise.

    Barack Obama’s Herbert Hoover Budget a Political Boon for Republicans

    Lloyd Green

    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

    Neil MacFarquhar

    May 6, 2009

  • 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.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox

  • 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

  • British Dictionary definitions for sidling sidle verb (intr)

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


    1. a sideways movement

    Derived Formssidler, nounWord Origin for sidle C17: back formation from obsolete sideling sideways 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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