how to pronounce sideways


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the above transcription of sideways is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

sideways is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sideways in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… yeah he starts going sideways okay I …”

meanings of sideways


  1. In conflict (with); not compatible (with).
  2. Positioned sideways (with a side to the front).
  3. Neither moving upward nor moving downward.
  4. Not as planned; towards a worse outcome.
  5. Moving or directed toward one side.


  1. Neither upward nor downward.
  2. Towards one side.
  3. With a side to the front.
  4. Askance; sidelong.


  1. Plural of sideway.

sideways frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word sideways occurs in english on average 5.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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