\ 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

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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 It can be found in small towns and unexpected places from the suburbs of Tacoma, Washington, and the sandy beaches of Gulfport, Mississippi, to the hills of North Carolina and Kentucky horse country., "A mother searches through photos of mutilated dead men, hoping to find her abducted son," 25 Nov. 2019 Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren field. Carley Petesch, The Seattle Times, "US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight," 23 Apr. 2018 Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren field. Carley Petesch, Fox News, "US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight," 23 Apr. 2018 South Florida’s palm trees are postcard promises of sighing sea breezes and sandy beaches, but the icon of the tropics may be an impractical adornment in an era of climate change. Kimberly Miller,, "Oaks instead of palm trees? Florida’s iconic palms don’t cut it with climate change," 14 Nov. 2019 Those watery pits are deep, near sandy beaches and reefs, and are shielded from the wider sea, allowing them to take on centuries’ worth of sediment with minimal disruption and interruptions. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The ghosts of ancient hurricanes live in Caribbean blue holes," 11 Nov. 2019 Fijians know how to relax and the landscape provides postcard-perfect scenery of beautiful tropical islands, sandy beaches and picturesque sunsets making it an idyllic paradise to rejuvenate. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Unplug From It All In Fiji," 8 Nov. 2019 For Academy Award–winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and her new art gallerist husband, Cooke Maroney, their honeymoon took shape on the sandy beaches of Sumba, an Indonesian island just east of Bali. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney Honeymoon at an Indonesian Resort," 7 Nov. 2019 Here are some places to drop anchor while exploring Halifax, taking you from the city’s harbor to the rocky shore of Cow Bay and the sandy beaches of the Eastern Shore. Melissa Buote, Bon Appétit, "Where the Waves Are Fast and the Food Is Slow," 7 Nov. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Sandy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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