sideways

adverb or adjective

side·​ways ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio)
1
: from one side
2
: with one side forward
turn sideways
3
a
: in a lateral direction or downward to one side
hopped sideways
slump sideways
b
: askance
look sideways at someone

Examples of sideways in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though their plan goes sideways, Lao She and Judge Dee form a bond that carries them into the murder investigation of Ma Ze Ren, a Chinese national and shop owner who served with the Chinese Labour Corps in France during WWI. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 For the neck, this means having your head in perfect alignment without bending forward, back, sideways or rotated, as this puts the least amount of stress on the supporting structures of the cervical spine. Jacqueline Laurean Yates, ABC News, 1 Apr. 2024 The fact that the lander ended up somewhat sideways did not matter, Nelson said, especially since there were no people on board. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 During an earlier storm Monday, heavy rain blew sideways at times, with much of the Bay Area soaked. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 The magma that left the sill had moved sideways before shimmying upward directly below Grindavík. Robin George Andrews, Quanta Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 But learning from others may improve your chances of a good time—even when things inevitably go sideways. Stacey Lastoe, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 The mission had already begun to go sideways when Dana Beal — a pioneer of New York’s marijuana legalization movement but someone who has never obtained a driver’s license — enlisted a ketamine enthusiast to chauffeur him across America. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Most jurors determined that a plan engineered by Tavares Calloway to rob some small-time weed dealers nearly three decades ago went horribly sideways. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sideways was in 1572

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“Sideways.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sideways. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sideways

adverb or adjective
side·​ways ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio)
1
: from one side
viewed the stage sideways
2
: with one side forward
turn sideways
3
: to one side
fell sideways

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