sun·​dry | \ ˈsən-drē How to pronounce sundry (audio) \

Definition of sundry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Definition of sundry (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 MorisonCluny 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: Adjective Early fans include sundry Kardashians and the rapper A$AP Rocky, who wore a repurposed quilt of Mr. Linsetz’s design to the Met Gala in 2021. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 21 May 2022 In addition to sundry other objections Scholz has raised in recent weeks, the chancellor has repeatedly voiced fears his country could be inadvertently dragged into a war with Russia. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 African-American vendors will sell sundry products and foods. Hartford Courant, 31 May 2022 That's double the number in 2020, and a fraction of total damages from sundry suits. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 9 May 2022 The internet was—of course—full of outrage, but there is more to this story than initially meets the eye; below, find a breakdown of what’s going on between Wilde, Sudeikis, and their various and sundry legal representatives. Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 The packet contains your bib, a shirt, a rainforest worth of coupons/advertising and sundry other items. Channing King, The Indianapolis Star, 5 May 2022 Its collection runs to paintings, furniture, statuary, manuscripts, sundry objets de vertu and an authoritative collection of photography. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Still, many remain grateful towards the workers, who have helped residents with sundry tasks, such as securing food provisions, or getting permission for an emergency hospital visit. Jane Li, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sundry


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, plural in construction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sundry


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

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sun·​dry | \ ˈsən-drē How to pronounce sundry (audio) \

Kids Definition of sundry

: more than one or two : various We disagreed for sundry reasons.


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