Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Directed to one side; oblique.
  • adj. Sloping; inclined.
  • adv. Obliquely; sideways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. directed toward one side
  • adj. inclining, having an inclination
  • adv. in a sidelong direction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Sidelong; on the side; laterally; also, obliquely; askew.
  • adj. Inclining to one side; directed toward one side; sloping; inclined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sidewise; sidelong; aslant; laterally; obliquely.
  • Inclined; sloping; having an oblique position or motion; sidelong; as, sideling ground; a sideling approach.
  • n. The slope of a hill; a line of country whose cross-section is inclined or sloping.

Etymologies

From Middle English sidlyng (early 14th century), from side + -lyng ("(frequentive)") (modern English side +‎ -ling (“(frequentive)”)). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The charge Hill with engaging in "evasive and unprofessional activities, including sideling key officials at the State Department and breaking commitments made for the record before congressional committees."

    Something In The Way | ATTACKERMAN

  • Miss Margland, who, sideling towards the window, on pretence of examining a print, had heard and seen all that had passed, was almost overpowered with rage, by the conviction she received that her apprehensions were not groundless.

    Camilla

  • So I went back, and saw a man, presumably of ill repute, sideling up to the ATM machine as it asked if I needed more time, and when he saw me, he dashed away.

    A mystery! « knitnut.net

  • It seems that this cranky wretch of a mare had been sideling and fidgeting when Mr. Falkland and his daughter started for their ride; but had gone pretty fairly — Miss Falkland, like my sister Aileen, could ride anything in reason — when suddenly

    Robbery Under Arms

  • Then they lashed together many sad strokes, and traced and traversed now backward, now sideling, hurtling together like two boars, and that same time they fell both grovelling to the earth.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • The eyes that looked back had a slit and sideling quality that he did not remember.

    Cold Mountain

  • West Philadelphia approach by Thirty-fifth street on the other; directly on the route to the Centennial Exhibition; contiguous to the great railroad artery of the United States, the Pennsylvania Central, a sideling from which will enter the receiving-house of the society

    Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873

  • Rude fellows on horseback, of the roughest description, sat sideling on their torn saddles just before the

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

  • Ten characteristics mark the phlebotomist: -- He walks sideling along; he is proud; he stoops awhile before seating himself; he has an envious and evil eye; he is a gourmand, but he defecates little at a time; he is suspected of incontinence, robbery, and murder.

    Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

  • Mascola advanced warily with peculiar sideling steps.

    El Diablo

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.