si·​dle | \ ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce sidle (audio) \
sidled; sidling\ ˈsīd-​liŋ How to pronounce sidling (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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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 designer Virgil Abloh, who had flown in from Art Basel, sidled past the art dealer Vito Schnabel. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 At the nearby Art Terrarium, sidle up to the potting bar to make your own succulent garden. Washington Post, "Des Moines," 14 Aug. 2019 At the nearby Art Terrarium, sidle up to the potting bar to make your own succulent garden. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 The kitchen and dining area exudes old European vibes, but is brought into the modern era with CB2 benches and vintage Paul McCobb Planner Group chairs from Mode Moderne that sidle up to a CB2 dining table. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Dining room ideas to steal from eight gorgeous homes," 5 Aug. 2019 Though he had once trained dolphins and sea lions, the idea of sidling up to a 900-pound heifer intimidated him somewhat. New York Times, "Move Over Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows.," 12 July 2019 There is palpable tension, as Palestinians sidle warily past armed Israeli guards to reach their homes, while Israeli school buses have mesh over the windows to protect against stones, Molotov cocktails, or worse. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 What to eat: The tots, especially the Cajun tots, are a must-have whenever sidling up to a McMenamins table. Andre Meunier,, "McMenamins, Oregon’s 1st brewpub, a pioneer still going its own way: Portland Breweries Series," 28 June 2019 Ethyn Maki, an employee wearing a shirt printed with peyote cactuses, sidled up. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "What Is It with Millennials and Cactuses?," 24 June 2019

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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 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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