Definition of sidle in English:

sidle

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk in a furtive, unobtrusive, or timid manner, especially sideways or obliquely.

    ‘I sidled up to her’
    • ‘As soon as he was out of the room, he sidled against the wall, held his breath, and began to listen.’
    • ‘She sidled back onto the edge of the backseat, trying to give room for Matt's body to sleep comfortably.’
    • ‘Coby glanced at me out of the corner of his eye and sidled away a few inches.’
    • ‘Your first step onto the revolving disc that holds the tables can be a bit disconcerting and it's easy to get lost as your seat sidles away while you're loading up your plate.’
    • ‘Little Johnny's late for school again, and sidles into the classroom just before lunch.’
    • ‘Not getting the hint when they moved en-mass to the other side of the room, she sidled up to them again.’
    • ‘Even though he was fairly sure she couldn't touch him, he sidled to a side wall, trying to keep ahead of her.’
    • ‘With a ping the shiny doors of the elevators slid open and Jude sidled inside.’
    • ‘When a couple of teenagers sidled up and asked him to autograph their citations for under-age drinking, he regarded it as an honour to oblige.’
    • ‘Kael sidled out the room, moving quickly past Mikah on his way out.’
    • ‘As they rode, Miri's horse sidled sideways nervously away from Amniteri, and Miri tried vainly to rein him in.’
    • ‘A furtive local sidled up to me holding a pad and a ballpoint.’
    • ‘I trust this lot, with their permanent sidling up to business interests, about as much as I trusted the last lot.’
    • ‘Shortly after my wife left for her evening walk, Zachery sidled up to me furtively.’
    • ‘One day, sitting outside the venue with a glass of wine, I was conscious of a man sidling over to my table and pleading: ‘I'm trying to get a ticket to Zipp!’’
    • ‘Holland's voice is a remarkably supple instrument: her phrasing and the way she sidles up to notes is nearly miraculous.’
    • ‘Fed up and bored, Owen cast a furtive glance around the customs hall and then sidled over to Bret for a bit of a chat.’
    • ‘Richard Gere sidles gracefully into the plush hotel suite, seemingly oblivious of the swarm of activity around him.’
    • ‘But the real danger is when someone whose name you can't remember sidles over and expects to be introduced to whoever you're talking to.’
    • ‘A waiter sidles up, but there is no way to communicate.’
    creep, sneak, slink, slip, slide, skulk, prowl, steal, edge, inch, ease, worm, nose, move furtively, move with stealth, tread warily
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noun

  • An act or instance of sidling somewhere.

    ‘a sidle into the hallway’
    • ‘This album is an interesting mix of symbol and story, solo effort and collaboration, though it continues Dar's gradual sidle towards a more mainstream sound.’

Origin

Late 17th century: back-formation from sideling (see sidelong).

Pronunciation

sidle

/ˈsʌɪd(ə)l/