si·​dle | \ˈsī-dᵊl \
sidled; sidling\ˈsīd-​liŋ, 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

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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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The pattern is the same: An ad makes a malicious accusation against Mr. Humphreys, then sidles over to tar Mr. Hawley with guilt by association. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "McCaskill’s Intimidation Game," 26 July 2018 During the state’s open primary, the Democrat sidled up to progressives and public-employee unions, endorsing single-payer health care and a moratorium on charter schools. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "California Democrats Test the Limits of Anti-Trumpism," 19 Oct. 2018 On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sidled over to the White House, purportedly to tender his resignation, but Trump wasn’t home. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Ralphing, Boufing, and the Devil’s Triangle," 30 Sep. 2018 What To Do The first order of business upon arrival is sidling up to the plush bar at Hotel La Perla and ordering an Airone Rosso spritz from bartender Stefano. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Democratic politicians sidle up to gang leaders for votes and use their thugs as substitutes for their political organizations. Fox News, "Was there anything illegal about the Trump Tower meeting?," 6 Aug. 2018 Image As the smoky scent of grilling filled the afternoon air, Anthony Graciolett sidled up to the blue food cart with the crossed kebabs imprinted on its side and ordered a hot dog with sauerkraut. New York Times, "In Astoria, Lining Up for the Souvlaki Lady," 13 June 2018 The Soviets developed the space equivalent of a suicide car bomb—an unmanned vehicle that could sidle up to an orbiting U.S. satellite and then blow up beside it. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space," 4 May 2016 Now make room for the guy who once sidled up to you on a basketball court and blew in your ear. Bill Plaschke,, "Lakers' new signings surround LeBron James with a cast of oddballs," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sidle

: to move close to someone in a quiet or secret way

: to go or move with one side forward


si·​dle | \ˈsī-dᵊl \
sidled; sidling

Kids Definition of sidle

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

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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