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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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 When Stephen Miller sidles up to the sushi counter, send him a message. Devra First,, "After what they did, don’t let Kirstjen Nielsen and her colleagues eat in peace," 20 June 2018 If the Capitals are traveling, Murray will sidle beside Holtby at the start of the team flight and work through the replays on a Macbook laptop. Alex Prewitt,, "Learning to Deal With the Little Things Has Capitals' Braden Holtby on the Verge of a Stanley Cup," 5 June 2018 These are all potentially transmissible, either by sharing bedding and food dishes or by biting, grooming and sidling up to one another. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Bringing home a new kitten can wreak havoc and still be rewarding | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Then Eddie returned, overwhelming my circuitry by sidling up to me. Alissa Torres, New York Times, "Love Forged by the Threat of Deportation," 27 Apr. 2018 More recently, Russia sparked concern when one of its satellites flew between two commercial Intelsat communications satellites and then sidled up to a third. The Washington Post,, "China and Russia are developing space weapons, bolstering case for U.S. 'Space Corps'," 13 Apr. 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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The first known use of sidle was in 1577

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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