1 of 2


sun·​dry ˈsən-drē How to pronounce sundry (audio)
: including many things of different kinds : miscellaneous, various
sundry items/articles
The interior was padded and crammed with little pockets and nets for hatboxes and sundry possessions.Graham Robb
Served up with these, were sundry greens, —lichens, mosses, ferns, and fungi.Herman Melville
It's not just books on sale anymore—it's CD's, DVD's, greeting cards, stationery, sundry gifts, coffee and baked goods …Charles Taylor
… to protect us from colds, broken crockery, and the sundry inconveniences of a royal household.Gail Carson Levine
At the same time the populace, reading the news items of his doings and hearing him speak on various and sundry occasions, conceived a great fancy for him.Theodore Dreiser


2 of 2


plural in construction
: an indeterminate number
usually used in the phrase all and sundry to mean "everyone"
Whenever a crowd gathered, as it did at every stop, we interrogated all and sundry about the events of 1943.Samuel Eliot Morison
Cluny lashed out at all and sundry with his tail, foaming at the mouth and cursing wildly …Brian Jacques
compare sundries

Examples of sundry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Firstly, the fossil fuel revenues keep grinding to a halt due to disputes involving Turkey, Baghdad and sundry oil producers in the region. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Not enough revenue was generated to cover player salaries, ballpark rental, transportation, housing and additional sundry expenses. Bill Swank, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 That wide banner term includes tools as varied as text- or facial-recognition programs, chatbots, and of course sundry tools to clone voices and generate deepfakes or rights-free images with odd numbers of fingers. Robert Evans, Rolling Stone, 27 Jan. 2024 The plan was built on the four indictments and sundry civil suits, all brought by Democratic partisans (led by the Biden Justice Department). Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 16 Jan. 2024 The same year, Trump hit $362 billion in Chinese imports, raising our prices for sundry products from semiconductors to computer equipment, furniture to video gear. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 And his traditional Republican policy priorities are being championed by sundry other candidates. The Editors, National Review, 28 Aug. 2023 If not treated, the exhaust gases can also contribute to the same acid rain that plagued communist Germany thanks to lignite’s high sulfur content and sundry other impurities including toxic heavy metals. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 Nation/World Longtime watchdogs of antisemitism say there is nothing new about the kinds of derogatory comments about Jews that the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, former president Donald Trump, sundry far-right political candidates and others have made in recent weeks. Michelle Boorstein and Isaac Arnsdorf, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'sundry.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History



Middle English, different for each, from Old English syndrig, from sundor apart — more at sunder

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sundry was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near sundry

Cite this Entry

“Sundry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: miscellaneous, several, various
for sundry reasons
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!