si·​dle ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce sidle (audio)
sidled; sidling ˈsīd-liŋ How to pronounce sidle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to go or move with one side foremost especially in a furtive advance

transitive verb

: to cause to move or turn sideways
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Victoria Volkova, 22, sidled up, made a circle with her fingers, and cast a crescent shadow on the ground. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 8 Apr. 2024 Two oil tankers – one massive, the other smaller – sidled up next to each other for a ship-to-ship transfer, which involves passing crude oil between vessels, sometimes with the aim of disguising its origin and ultimate destination. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Mommy is followed by her finding a stuffed polar bear, shortly before a very real and large one sidles up to her patrol car? Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2024 Zenyatta stay removed from the fray, sidling along like an outsider amused by all the foolishness. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 Dan sidled up to the seafood counter and asked for littleneck clams for his bouillabaisse. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024 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, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 During warmups, Kuechly sidled close to Peppers, just to take a look at him, the way an 8-year-old kid might do to one of his athletic heroes. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 Further afield in West Africa, Russia has opportunistically sidled up to a slate of coup-plotting juntas that have subverted once-fledgling democracies in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History


probably back-formation from sideling entry 2

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidle was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Sidle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


si·​dle ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce sidle (audio)
sidled; sidling ˈsīd-liŋ How to pronounce sidle (audio)
: to go or move with one side forward
the waiter sidled around the end of the counter

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