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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Recent Examples on the Web Time to play a little work-hooky, sidle up to a bar somewhere and take part in an all-too rare joy around here. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: How do these Reds compare to the last three playoff teams?," 30 Sep. 2020 Characters in her movies likewise make video pieces or sidle into sudden dance sequences. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Miranda July Takes on the Rigged System," 23 Sep. 2020 The days of being able to sidle up to almost the same bar as Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin from the TV show Cheers are coming to an end. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Boston’s 'Cheers' Replica Bar Is Closing Down," 19 Aug. 2020 Groups of up to six can sit comfortably in here, or outdoors if the weather is nice; smaller parties can sidle up to the tasting bar for a choice of three different wine flights ($30-$40). Esther Mobley,, "Trinchero: Sutter Home grown up," 17 Jan. 2018 Here, the precursors of frog skin sidle up to cells that, in another life, might have helped an amphibian’s heart beat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Assemble Frog Stem Cells Into First ‘Living Machines’," 13 Jan. 2020 De Lucía’s guitar comes sidling in almost absently, humming a theme, rhythmically tucked-under, and then, with an abrupt fingernailed flurry, stops. James Parker, The Atlantic, "How Flamenco Went Pop," 21 Dec. 2019 August clucked his tongue and the cat came sidling up, arching its back, rubbing against August’s boot. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020 Lancelot, sleeping, dreams that Ossi has come to life, a vision that Lubitsch depicts in a superimposition while the real Ossi sidles up to him on the bed. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Now’s a Good Time to Give Silents a Try. Start With These Comedies.," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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6 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sidle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce sidle (audio)

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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