Definition of sidelong in English:


adjective & adverb

  • 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’
    • ‘Other diners in the cafeteria cast sidelong glances as they hear his Québécois accent decry the injustices of the street.’
    • ‘We climbed the stairs, and when arrived in the kitchen, realised in a sidelong glance, that we had both blushed.’
    • ‘Vicki cast him a sidelong glance and noticed the angry look on his face.’
    • ‘Teddy sent Christopher a sidelong glance and then fully faced him as he set the sketches on Christopher's desk.’
    • ‘A lot of sidelong glances and knowing looks were passed around when people thought we weren't looking.’
    • ‘They'd asked how I was, expressed their shock, but under that there was the fidgeting, the sidelong glances.’
    • ‘When he felt her sidelong glance, he cleared his throat and forced a smile as he met her somewhat dark blue eyes.’
    • ‘They filed past, meriting hardly a sidelong glance from the fielders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you see sidelong glances, rolling eyes or other signs of distraction, it's time to stop talking.’
    • ‘She gives me a sidelong glance from behind the white frames of her glasses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beside me, Lucas was shaking and I gave him a sidelong glance, only to find him silently laughing.’
    • ‘He had to endure years of sidelong glances at the school gate.’
    • ‘He would steal a sidelong glance here and there, though she never knew.’
    • ‘She gave him a queer sidelong glance, and it seemed that her voice suddenly became too light, too careless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of us who are dependent, we need support, not sidelong glances if we tell someone we're on narcotics.’
    indirectly, obliquely, sideways, out of the corner of one's eye
    surreptitiously, furtively, covertly, slyly
    indirect, oblique, sideways, sideward, side
    surreptitious, furtive, covert, sly
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Late Middle English: alteration of earlier sideling, from side + the adverbial suffix -ling.