sidestroke

noun
side·​stroke | \ ˈsīd-ˌstrōk How to pronounce sidestroke (audio) \

Definition of sidestroke

: a swimming stroke which is executed on the side and in which the arms are swept in separate strokes towards the feet and downward and the legs do a scissors kick

First Known Use of sidestroke

1852, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sidestroke

Time Traveler for sidestroke

Time Traveler

The first known use of sidestroke was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sidestroke

Cite this Entry

“Sidestroke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidestroke. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on sidestroke

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sidestroke

Comments on sidestroke

What made you want to look up sidestroke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!