\ 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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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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But there’s much more to be found here, by seeking out local foodie haunts, taking in the coast’s history and culture and walking the white, sandy beaches. Mike And Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, "Photo tour: Experience the tastes and sights of the Mississippi Gulf Coast," 7 June 2019 Guests had the option of checking their shoes in a cloakroom before a traipse over the sandy beach (with glasses of champagne in hand) to a makeshift wood-plank runway. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Starry Crowd Gathers in Malibu for Saint Laurent's Mick Jagger-Inspired Men's Show," 7 June 2019 Some haul the stuff away in an effort to maintain pristine, sandy beaches. Dan Sweeney,, "South Floridians are sick of smelly seaweed; cities say they’re doing what they can," 3 June 2019 Sands Point, just a 40-minute drive from New York City on a good day, so close and yet a world away on the Cow Neck Peninsula in Nassau County, surrounded by water and bordered by sandy beaches. Wendy Goodman, ELLE Decor, "Averell Harriman’s Legendary Long Island Home Sparked One Editor's Lifelong Love of Design," 22 May 2019 Some of us spend a good portion of the day daydreaming about being anywhere that isn't here—especially when that anywhere comes with room service, sandy beaches, and vibrant sunsets. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 There are the classic utility jumpsuits, like an army green incarnation by Jonathan Simkhai or a short-sleeve version in a sandy hue by Staud. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Jumpsuit Is Your One-and-Done Spring Statement Piece," 10 Apr. 2019 Otherwise, space the lengths of hose about 24 inches apart over clay or loamy soils, or about 12 inches apart if the soil is sandy. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Install a Drip Irrigation System in Your Garden," 17 July 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The attack struck at the heart of a country whose tourism sector, known for breathtaking safaris and white sandy beaches stretching for miles, had finally recovered from the Westgate attack. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Questions Mount as Kenyan Hotel Siege Ends," 16 Jan. 2019

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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