\ 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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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 Polishes make an appearance among the 70 pieces, including a sandy nude hue called Latte. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Is Collaborating With Inglot to Launch a 70-Piece Makeup Collection [Exclusive]," 5 Apr. 2018 How has something so profane, so intoxicated and so clothing-resistant continued to ride its unique wave in a world miles less accepting of this kind of sandy fun run amok? Bryce Miller,, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Most of the building’s 10,000 square feet sits underneath a sandy roof, creating a cave-like network of ten interconnected galleries. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 2018 For Spring 2019, Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris's Grand Palais into Chanel By The Sea—a sandy and serene beach getaway complete with its own ocean and on-duty lifeguard. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Turned Its Runway Into a Beach—Complete With an Ocean and Lifeguards On Duty," 2 Oct. 2018 Sitting on the sandy seabed at 100 feet is a shipwreck. Helen Scales, Discover Magazine, "Hearing Nemo," 17 Aug. 2018

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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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