\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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Grace Mykonos is a relaxing boutique hotel, located just above the sandy beach of Agios Stefanos – a place to escape from reality! Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Grace Mykonos," 20 Sep. 2018 Some of it is just loosely attached to rock surfaces; this is especially true of sandy, loose material, which has more surface area to adsorb the gas. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sorry, Elon: Nuking Mars’ icecaps won’t geoengineer planet," 31 July 2018 The secluded getaway boasts crystal-blue waters, white sandy beaches, and a ton of privacy. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Reportedly Vacationing in Mustique With Their Kids," 19 July 2018 Kevin Raymond Curtis, of Augusta held up an evidence bag Tuesday containing two small, clear plastic bags of a white sandy material. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Cold pizza, cold comfort for GOP in midterms," 25 Apr. 2018 March 12, 2018 Labakoreh, Gambia—Abdoulie Ceesay steps out of his shiny white pick-up on a sandy road, quickly followed by his team. Anna Pujol-mazzini, The Christian Science Monitor, "After fall of a dictator, young Gambians push into politics," 12 Mar. 2018 When one team name made light of the health condition that felled Wayne, an announcer stopped the tournament in its sandy tracks. Bryce Miller,, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Many flow as feisty as an overcaffeinated terrier during rainy times and then lie around in sandy pajamas the rest of the year. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Currently, blue mats at some entrances bring beachgoers to sandy walkways made of wooden fencing that reach the start of the dunes. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Getting her wheelchair on the beach was a struggle. Brigantine just made it easier," 10 July 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 \
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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