\ ˈsan-dē \
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
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Definition of Sandy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other words from sandy


sandiness noun

Synonyms for sandy

Synonyms: Adjective

blond (or blonde), fair, flaxen, golden, straw, tawny

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Examples of sandy in a Sentence


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

When another horse approached, Justify picked up speed, providing the only off-script moment of his introduction to the deep, sandy dirt surface. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert will make an adjustment for Justify's last Belmont workout," 7 June 2018 There are a multitude of beaches for swimming in blue waters (though only one, Mandraki, is sandy, as opposed to rocky), as well as historic sites—including old monasteries, stone windmills, and great stone manors that date back to the 18th century. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 These are sandy, shallow lagoons inside coral reefs; the water is 2 to 8 meters deep. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Is swimming with dolphins a good idea?," 24 Apr. 2018 Now lawns are sandy, windows and cars are covered in dirt, and swimming pools stand empty. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, "Cape Town’s Day Zero pushed back, but water crisis takes a toll," 7 Mar. 2018 Stir the flour and sugar mixture into the chocolate a third at a time and combine until the chocolate looks sandy. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "A Year of Pie: In Her New Taartwork Cookbook, Brittany Bennett Shares Recipes for Each Season," 6 Mar. 2018 Continue cooking and stirring until liquid evaporates and sugar crystallizes (nuts will look sandy), 5 to 7 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Skillet Cookie Sundaes," 22 Jan. 2018 John Ehret, an Olympia Fields, Ill., resident and a director of the Great Lakes Coalition for Shoreline Preservation, occasionally shows people photos of the broad sandy beaches that once existed outside his cabin in western Michigan. Tony Briscoe,, "What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan," 13 July 2018 Later, that same trail led us across a 2-mile-long, curving, sandy beach with nary a soul nor structure in sight before heading onward through rich farmland. Doug Hansen,, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 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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English Language Learners Definition of sandy

: full of or covered with sand

: having a yellowish-gray or yellowish-brown color


\ ˈsan-dē \
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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