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From Middle English *sideli (adj), sideli (adverb), equivalent to side +‎ -ly. Cognate with German seitlich (lateral). Compare also sideling.


sidely (comparative more sidely, superlative most sidely)

  1. Of or relating to the side (of something); lateral.
    • 1988, Peter Claus Wolfgang Gutkind, Third World workers: comparative international labour studies:
      "On the face of it," Bundy (1979:198) argued, "refoulement is so vigorous, and a land allocation so lop-sidely in favour of the dispossessors made impossible the creation of peasantry."
    • 1995, David K. Clark, Robert Vincent Rakestraw, Readings in Christian Ethics: Issues and applications:
      More than that, it reveals a one-sidely individualistic view of our humanity.
    • 2001, Torben Riise, The Eyes of The Sphinx:
      “[...] The evidence of that philosophy is found in its perennial focus on a 'this-sidely' world and an 'other-sidely' world.”


sidely (not comparable)

  1. To the side; sideways; laterally; sideling; obliquely; indirectly.
    • 2011, Hubert Selby, eBook Architects, LLC, Last Exit to Brooklyn:
      [...] satisfying her homosexuality with the keeping of a secret scrapbook of pictures of favorite male actors or athletes or by supervising the activities of young boys or visiting turkish baths or mens locker rooms, leering sidely while seeking protection behind a carefully guarded guise of [...]

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