Sidle Si"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sidled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sidling}.] [From {Side}.] To go or move with one side foremost; to move sidewise; as, to sidle through a crowd or narrow opening. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

He . . . then sidled close to the astonished girl. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • sidle — [sīd′ l] vi. sidled, sidling [back form. < SIDELING] to move sideways, esp. in a shy or stealthy manner vt. to make go sideways n. a sidling movement …   English World dictionary

  • sidle — UK [ˈsaɪd(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms sidle : present tense I/you/we/they sidle he/she/it sidles present participle sidling past tense sidled past participle sidled to move slowly in a particular direction, usually because you are… …   English dictionary

  • sidle — verb (sidled; sidling) Etymology: probably back formation from 2sideling Date: 1577 intransitive verb to go or move with one side foremost especially in a furtive advance transitive verb to cause to move or turn sideways • sidle noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • sidle — si|dle [ˈsaıdl] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from sideling sideways (14 19 centuries)] to walk towards something or someone slowly and quietly, as if you do not want to be noticed sidle up/towards/along ▪ A …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sidle — [[t]sa͟ɪd(ə)l[/t]] sidles, sidling, sidled VERB If you sidle somewhere, you walk there in a quiet or cautious way, as if you do not want anyone to notice you. [V prep/adv] A young man sidled up to me and said, May I help you? ... [V prep/adv] He… …   English dictionary

  • sidle — sidlingly, adv. /suyd l/, v., sidled, sidling, n. v.i. 1. to move sideways or obliquely. 2. to edge along furtively. n. 3. a sidling movement. [1690 1700; back formation from SIDELING (earlier sp. sidling misconstrued as prp. of a verb ending in… …   Universalium

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