When something occurs on or in the direction of one side, it happens sideways. You can lean over sideways to see if your cat's hiding under the bed, or tip a teapot sideways to pour the last drops out.

Sideways works as an adjective or adverb to describe things that lean toward one side or at an angle. A sideways tilt to a motorcycle might look scary, but it's safe if the rider is experienced. You can also use this word figuratively for "indirect" or "unconventional." So you might describe a movie that approaches serious subjects from a sideways perspective, using comedy. Sideways dates from the mid-16th century.

Definitions of sideways
  1. adverb
    toward one side
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  2. adverb
    to, toward or at one side
    synonyms: obliquely, sidelong
  3. adverb
    from the side; obliquely
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  4. adverb
    with one side forward or to the front
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  5. adjective
    (of movement) at an angle
    synonyms: crabwise
    slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
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