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

Definition of sidelong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 archaic : on the side



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

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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

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,, "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 There is jocular power, exchanged in handshakes and good-to-see-yas, and the soaring power embedded in the architecture, and the breathless, sidelong power of being in the know. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "The surreal spectacle of Capitol Hill reporters pressing senators for useless information.," 29 June 2017 As Gabrielle’s frustrations play out, with sidelong references to imperialism and immigration, the film becomes increasingly absurd and indulgent. Armond White, National Review, "From the Land of the Moon," 28 July 2017 In the high-contrast, boldly geometric shot, the model’s hands-on-hips stance and sidelong glance lend her a mischievous and distinctly modern character. The New Yorker, "Irving Penn: Centennial," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of sidelong


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sidelong

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


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



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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