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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of people — and not just Gen Zers — braved a triple-digit heat index to sidle up to booths to sip samples from little plastic cups and discuss their contents’ flavor profiles and relative merits. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 These dishes were made for sharing, so sidle up next to your date and grab a fork. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Former employees recalling run-ins with industry figures in line for popcorn, regulars who’d sidle up to the theater bar before showtime, and others who made the ArcLight and its locations across L.A. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Anta’s doubling down on Beijing’s line on Xinjiang will likely give it a short-term boost in sales, but its decision is also part of a years-long strategy to sidle up closer to Beijing. Fortune, 8 Apr. 2021 My opportunity to sidle over to his locker came while a pack of reporters had encircled James. Marc Stein, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 After locating likely targets—perhaps thanks to Mastcam-Z pans across the crater—the rover will sidle up and extend its arm, and PIXL will start pinging. Adam Rogers, Wired, 23 Feb. 2021 And still, despite the effects of the Curtis Act and his active pursuit of dissolving tribal sovereignty, tribal leaders continued to seek Curtis’ favor, hoping only to sidle up to the powerful Native politician. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2021 So this was the year Oscar decided to sidle up to ultraviolent God-warrior Mel Gibson and Braveheart? Joe Reid, Vulture, 22 Feb. 2021

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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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Last Updated

27 Jul 2021

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“Sidle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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