What does sideways mean?

Definitions for sideways

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sideways.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crabwise, sideways(adverb)

    (of movement) at an angle

  2. sideways, sideway, sidewise(adverb)

    with one side forward or to the front

    "turned sideways to show the profile"; "crabs seeming to walk sidewise"

  3. sideway, sideways, sidewise(adverb)

    from the side; obliquely

    "a picture lit sideways"; "scenes viewed sidewise"

  4. sideways, sideway, sidewise(adverb)

    toward one side

    "the car slipped sideways into the ditch"; "leaning sideways"; "a figure moving sidewise in the shadows"

  5. sidelong, sideways, obliquely(adverb)

    to, toward or at one side

    "darting eyes looking sidelong out of a wizened face"


  1. sideways(Adverb)

    With a side to the front.

    He builds houses sideways, with the front door on the side.

  2. sideways(Adverb)

    Towards one side.

  3. sideways(Adverb)

    Askance; sidelong.

  4. sideways(Adverb)

    Neither upward nor downward.

    The economy has been moving sideways for several months now.

  5. sideways(Adjective)

    Moving or directed toward one side.

  6. sideways(Adjective)

    Positioned sideways .

    There was a stack of papers in front of each seat at the table, but each stack was sideways.

  7. sideways(Adjective)

    Neither moving upward nor moving downward.

    Once we get out of this sideways economy, our figures will more accurately reflect what we're truly capable of.

  8. sideways(Adjective)

    In conflict (with); not compatible (with).

    He was constantly getting sideways with his boss till he got fired.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sideways(adverb)

    toward the side; sidewise


  1. Sideways

    Sideways is a 2004 comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. Adapted from Rex Pickett's 2004 novel of the same name, Sideways follows men in their forties, portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Payne and Taylor won multiple awards for their screenplay. Giamatti and Church, as well as actresses Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, playing local women who become romantically involved with the men, all received accolades for their performances. Sideways won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for four other awards.

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How to say sideways in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sideways in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sideways in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sideways in a Sentence

  1. Paul Nolte:

    U.S. markets really are taking their cues from what's happening outside the country as we head into the earnings season, valuations are still high and earnings are going to be rough with companies adding not more than 1-3 percent year over year. We expect the market to continue moving sideways for the remainder of the year.

  2. Esther Nelson:

    I looked up. The wind was blowing really strong. half of it was flying down sideways on the building.

  3. Gabriel Smeby:

    We were up and down, over and around on sandbars, it turned sideways in the surf, and it dawned on me what it was.

  4. Peter Cardillo:

    I expect some sideways action today with low volume, with traders focused on Black Friday sales ahead of next week's busy economic calendar.

  5. Augustin Eden:

    The FTSE 100 is still in the midst of sideways consolidation, but with a welcome test of last week's 6,280 ceiling and a close venture to 6,300.

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Translations for sideways

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  • Seiten-, seitwärts, schräg, auf der Stelle, schief, zu Seite, seitlich, auf der Stelle tretendGerman
  • vinottain, vinossa, sivuttainen, viisto, vinosti, sivuttain, sivuFinnish
  • de travers, de côtéFrench
  • zijwaartsDutch

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