Definition of sidelong in English:

sidelong

adverb & adjective

  • Directed to or from one side; sideways.

    as adjective ‘Steve gave her a sidelong glance’
    as adverb ‘he looked sidelong at her with a quick smile’
    • ‘She gives me a sidelong glance from behind the white frames of her glasses.’
    • ‘They'd asked how I was, expressed their shock, but under that there was the fidgeting, the sidelong glances.’
    • ‘Vicki cast him a sidelong glance and noticed the angry look on his face.’
    • ‘A lot of sidelong glances and knowing looks were passed around when people thought we weren't looking.’
    • ‘When he felt her sidelong glance, he cleared his throat and forced a smile as he met her somewhat dark blue eyes.’
    • ‘I did my best to ignore him, which wasn't easy since he kept sneaking sidelong glances at me and then pretending he hadn't been.’
    • ‘If you see sidelong glances, rolling eyes or other signs of distraction, it's time to stop talking.’
    • ‘Mr. Lake intercepted Sara's sidelong glance and sent her a reassuring smile.’
    • ‘I glanced sidelong at Brendan sitting next to me before exchanging a look with Josh across from me.’
    • ‘He would steal a sidelong glance here and there, though she never knew.’
    • ‘Rebecca gave Lydia a sidelong glance that could be interpreted as a glare.’
    • ‘Shamus could feel his ears turning bright red, and a sidelong glance at Amber told him she was blushing just as much as he was.’
    • ‘Beside me, Lucas was shaking and I gave him a sidelong glance, only to find him silently laughing.’
    • ‘She gave him a queer sidelong glance, and it seemed that her voice suddenly became too light, too careless.’
    • ‘Teddy sent Christopher a sidelong glance and then fully faced him as he set the sketches on Christopher's desk.’
    • ‘Other diners in the cafeteria cast sidelong glances as they hear his Québécois accent decry the injustices of the street.’
    • ‘For those of us who are dependent, we need support, not sidelong glances if we tell someone we're on narcotics.’
    • ‘We climbed the stairs, and when arrived in the kitchen, realised in a sidelong glance, that we had both blushed.’
    • ‘He had to endure years of sidelong glances at the school gate.’
    • ‘They filed past, meriting hardly a sidelong glance from the fielders.’
    indirect, oblique, sideways, sideward, side
    indirectly, obliquely, sideways, out of the corner of one's eye
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Origin

Late Middle English: alteration of earlier sideling, from side + the adverbial suffix -ling.

Pronunciation

sidelong

/ˈsʌɪdlɒŋ/