sidelong

adverb
side·​long | \ ˈsīd-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce sidelong (audio) \

Definition of sidelong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 archaic : on the side

sidelong

adjective

Definition of sidelong (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lying or inclining to one side : slanting
2a : directed to one side sidelong looks
b : indirect rather than straightforward

Examples of sidelong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And there are some outstanding ones, like the high-polish oil sketch of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart that became the source of many other images, including the sour, sidelong-glancing Washington on the $1 bill. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Presidential Portraits: Staring History in the Face," 29 Dec. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This syncretic, sidelong way of speaking — celebrated and circulated via popular music — archives histories of migration, resistance and coerced intimacy barely audible elsewhere. New York Times, "The World According to," 31 Jan. 2020 As an artist, Sam Winston was often on the lookout for topsy-turvy projects – weird, sidelong ways to unmoor familiar habits or nudge his work in new directions. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "What Happens When You Go Offline," 20 May 2020 For those who prefer their crime-fiction pulp hard-boiled and harder-hitting, with sidelong glances into moral philosophy and nasty nihilism, Zahler's the guy. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on HBO while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 4 Apr. 2020 Rather, the images build and scatter, with a sidelong glance, a wonderment, the capture of a felt moment. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield turns her vision south," 15 Dec. 2019 Others angle in at our connections and responsibilities from sidelong directions or arrest us with startling imagery. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "After Tahlequah and her calf, an anthology dedicated to orcas and their world," 16 Nov. 2019 Josef is a dull, unimaginative child, given to casual envies and sidelong resentments. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Melmoth’ Review: The Wanderer Returns," 11 Oct. 2018 The movie also takes a sardonic, sidelong look at the problems that arise when the main motive for health care providers is the profit motive. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Eek Claire: Foy aces Steven Soderbergh iPhone-shot horror movie 'Unsane'," 21 Mar. 2018 Maritza, still walking in front of me, makes a slow turn and gives me a sidelong glance with her eyes cast downward. Héctor Tobar, Slate Magazine, "What does it look like when 1 million people are deported all at once?," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sidelong

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sidelong

Adverb

alteration of sideling entry 1

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“Sidelong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidelong. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sidelong

sidelong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sidelong

: made to the left or right or out of the corner of your eye

sidelong

adjective
side·​long | \ ˈsīd-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce sidelong (audio) \

Kids Definition of sidelong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made to one side or out of the corner of the eye a sidelong look

sidelong

adverb

Kids Definition of sidelong (Entry 2 of 2)

: out of the corner of the eye The boy glanced sidelong at the pie on the table.

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