sandier; sandiest
: consisting of or containing sand : full of sand
: sprinkled with sand
: of the color sand
sandiness noun

Example Sentences

The soil in my garden is very sandy. the child with sandy hair really stood out among the brunettes
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandy was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


sandier; sandiest
: consisting of, containing, or sprinkled with sand
: of a yellowish gray color

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

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