sidle [sahyd-l] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object), si·dled, si·dling.
- to move sideways or obliquely.
- to edge along furtively.
- a sidling movement.
Origin of sidle 1690–1700; back formation from(earlier spelling sidling misconstrued as present participle of a verb ending in )Related formssi·dling·ly, adverbun·si·dling, adjective Related Words for sidling , , , , , Examples from the Web for sidling Contemporary Examples of sidling
Still, Obama sidling up to bondholders should come as no surprise.
April 12, 2013
They deployed much like Western drug dealers, sidling up to pedestrians to whisper, “Dog, got a dog.”
May 6, 2009
Historical Examples of sidling
And sidling his horse nearer he tore aside the curtains of my litter.
Her mule staggered, sidling close to the rock, and then went on.
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.
S. R. Crockett
There is even less in being sick and sidling around in everybody’s way.
Samuel G. Blythe
British Dictionary definitions for sidling sidle verb (intr)
- to move in a furtive or stealthy manner; edge along
- to move along sideways
- 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(n.) + adverbial suffix -ling; altered on analogy of verbs ending in -le. Related: Sidled; sidling. Old English had sidlingweg (n.) “sidelong-way, oblique road.”