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Definition of "sidle" []

  • To move sideways: sidled through the narrow doorway. (verb-intransitive)
  • To advance in an unobtrusive, furtive, or coy way: swindlers who sidle up to tourists. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to move sideways: We sidled the canoe to the riverbank. (verb-transitive)
  • An unobtrusive, furtive, or coy advance. (noun)
  • A sideways movement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sidle" in a sentence
  • "The instinct that we all have he should face some sort of electoral process is unlikely to trouble the incanting Labour Droogs hereabouts about for but for ordinary working men like me, a sinister clerk does not sidle from the shadows and thereby become Caesar."
  • "The Black Caucus in the House, even Charlie Rangel, who -- you know, who can get up on his high horse literally, pretty easily, even though Mr. Rangel did sort of kind of sidle up to it, there wasn't that -- that outcry that you would normally get from the Black Caucus when they think that a black person is being dealt with unfairly."
  • "I have people come up to me all the time, kind of sidle up and nudge me in the ribs and say, hey, I hear you or see you on Imus -- I hear you on Imus, you know?"