\ ˈsan-dē How to pronounce sandy (audio) \
sandier; sandiest

Definition of sandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : consisting of or containing sand : full of sand
b : sprinkled with sand
2 : of the color sand


geographical name
\ ˈsan-dē How to pronounce Sandy (audio) \

Definition of Sandy (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northern Utah south of Salt Lake City population 87,461

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sandiness noun

Synonyms for sandy

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of sandy in a Sentence

Adjective The soil in my garden is very sandy. the child with sandy hair really stood out among the brunettes
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The bird was resting on a sandy beach filled with seashells and driftwood at the edge of Liberty State Park. New York Times, "Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat," 9 Jan. 2020 The sandy shores of the Cape’s coastline are inherently malleable, shifting in response to storms and sea level rise., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Longtime partner Stedman Graham is from Cape May County, at the southernmost tip of the state’s coast, where fresh seafood and wide swaths of sandy shores abound and beach cruisers are the preferred method of transportation. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "This Is Where Oprah Winfrey Stays When She Visits the Jersey Shore," 24 Aug. 2019 The sandy shores of Hilton Head don’t attract many NFL coaches with preciously short summers. Andrew Krammer,, "A year after his death, ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano’s influence still being felt," 22 July 2019 The property — 65 marshy acres that ran along Silver Dollar Road, from the woods to the river’s sandy shore — was racked by storms. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 Detroit Free Press Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan is offering beach wheelchairs to help visitors of all abilities navigate the sandy shores. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Sleeping Bear Dunes adds beach wheelchairs to improve accessibility," 9 July 2019 The shattered water slides back over the sandy shore. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz carries the spirit of the Caribbean islands to Bushnell Park July 20 to 22 — though the Capitol building will replace glistening, sandy shores as its backdrop. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Caribbean Flair Hits This Year's Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of sandy


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sandy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandy

: full of or covered with sand
: having a yellowish-gray or yellowish-brown color


\ ˈsan-dē How to pronounce sandy (audio) \
sandier; sandiest

Kids Definition of sandy

1 : full of or covered with sand sandy soil
2 : of a yellowish gray color sandy hair

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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