\ 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
\ ˈsan-dē \

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

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The Javanese coastline, about a three-hour drive from Jakarta, was buzzing with Indonesian tourists before the eruption, many of them there to enjoy the sandy beaches and local food on a holiday weekend before Christmas. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "‘Child of Krakatau’ Brings Death to Hundreds in Indonesian Tsunami," 24 Dec. 2018 Wet, sandy soil also separated and came alive through liquefaction in some areas due to the earthquake’s radical vibrations. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov’t mapped risk areas," 9 Oct. 2018 To plant asparagus crowns, dig trenches 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep (8 inches in sandy soil) down the center of the prepared bed. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 This sudden downdraft crashes outward in all directions, lifting the sandy soil at the surface and carrying it for miles. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 Because the sandy soil of her land is particularly suitable for growing roots and tubers, Sirijai turned to permaculture farming methods. Prisana Kongwong, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand," 2 July 2018 Add organic matter to sandy soils and old garden site to have them ready for planting. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Aim to provide for your tomatoes a sandy loam soil that does not remain soggy. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Wisteria takes persistence to control," 27 June 2018 The extreme heat of the blast melted the surrounding sandy soil's top layer into a green, radioactive glass known as trinitite for about 1,150 feet (350 meters) in all directions from ground zero. Mike Wall,, "First Atomic Blast Reveals Clues About Moon Formation," 8 Feb. 2017

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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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