si·​dle | \ ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce sidle (audio) \
sidled; sidling\ ˈsīd-​liŋ How to pronounce sidle (audio) , ˈsī-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of sidle

intransitive verb

: to go or move with one side foremost especially in a furtive advance

transitive verb

: to cause to move or turn sideways

Other Words from sidle

sidle noun

Examples of sidle in a Sentence

He sidled up to me and slipped me a note. She sidled over and whispered, “Do you see that guy?”. She sidled through the narrow opening.
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First Known Use of sidle

1577, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for sidle

probably back-formation from sideling entry 2

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13 Sep 2022

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“Sidle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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si·​dle | \ ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce sidle (audio) \
sidled; sidling

Kids Definition of sidle

: to go or move with one side forward The crab sidled away.

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