\ 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

Other Words from sandy


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 See how fast a lap on the 1.3-mile trail can be completed, rolling over roots and through sandy turns. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 The Los Angeles colorist Daniel Moon took the singer Hayley Kiyoko from a bright blond to a sandy gingerbread color. Kristen Bateman, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Most pine tree species come from distant places where the soil is acid and rocky or sandy rather than clay. Beth Botts,, 25 Dec. 2021 The sandy limestone plays nicely with other, brighter hues. Kathryn O'shea-evans, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 The luxurious complex has been built on 320 hectares of sandy land some 100 kilometers southwest of Doha, strategically situated to welcome visitors both from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 Its worlds are those of vivid neons and pastels, ethereal woodlands, sandy plains, and modelesque women. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 20 Dec. 2021 Tall, slender, leaf-like glass forms ascend from the sandy ground among cacti and aloe plants, adding bright pops of lilac to the desert landscape. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 17 Dec. 2021 Feral pigs roam the theater where once the movie star Arthur Leander (Gael García Bernal) played King Lear, but on a sandy dune, twenty years after the plague, his old co-star is still alive and running late for some rehearsal. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of sandy


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

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“Sandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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