sidelong

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1520s, from Middle English sidlyng (early 14th century), from side + -lyng ((frequentive)) (modern English -le ((frequentive))). Reanalyzed as side +‎ long.[1]

Adjective[edit]

sidelong (not comparable)

  1. Directed to the side; sideways.
    He cast me a sidelong glance.
  2. Slanting or sloping; oblique.
  3. Indirect; suggestive; not straightforward.
    She made some sidelong remarks about his manhood.

Adverb[edit]

sidelong (comparative more sidelong, superlative most sidelong)

  1. Towards the side; sideways.
  2. obliquely

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ sidelong” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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