\ 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 Bake, rotating the positions of the pans halfway through, until cookies are light golden brown around the edges and feel sandy on top, 8 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Santa and Elf Cookies," 13 Nov. 2020 Bake, rotating positions of pans halfway through, until cookies feel sandy on top, 13 to 15 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Moss Cookies," 9 Oct. 2020 One study, published in Nature Climate Change in March, found that more than half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of this century. New York Times, "74 of Our Favorite Facts for 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The sandy soil here resembles beach dunes, dotted with plants that look like tiny, overgrown bushes — but are actually 120-year-old grapevines. Esther Mobley,, "This vibrant, pomegranate-packed red wine comes from an unusual vineyard in the East Bay suburbs," 2 Dec. 2020 Situated more than 6,000 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe has 72 miles of pristine shoreline that’s filled with sandy beaches, rocky coves, jagged cliffs, and dense pine forests. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Lake Tahoe," 18 Nov. 2020 Fort Stevens State Park is expansive enough to fill a whole day of recreation, between its bike paths, hiking trails, historic military batteries, shipwreck, jetty and many, many miles of sandy beach. oregonlive, "12 perfect Oregon day hikes for a clear December day," 3 Dec. 2020 And there’s a new addition to the pack: Crane Cove and its 7 acres spanning a sandy beach on the bay. Heather Knight,, "Pandemic ennui? S.F. still holds surprises to discover in its parks, streets and beaches," 1 Dec. 2020 There was the two-shot penalty for grounding his club in sandy soil that was deemed a bunker at Whistling Straits, costing him a playoff spot at the 2010 PGA Championship. Doug Ferguson,, "Dustin Johnson’s tears were for a green jacket and major validation," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sandy


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

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20 Jan 2021

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“Sandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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