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- various or diverse: sundry persons.
- all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually: Free samples were given to all and sundry.
Origin of sundry
before 900; Middle English; Old English syndrigRelated formssun·dri·ly, adverbsun·dri·ness, noun
private, separate, equivalent to syndr-
(mutated form of sundor asunder
) + -ig -y1
; akin to sunder
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018British Dictionary definitions for all and sundry
- several or various; miscellaneous
- all and sundry all the various people, individually and collectively
- (plural) miscellaneous unspecified items
- also called: extra Australian cricket a run not scored from the bat, such as a wide, no-ball, bye, or leg bye
Old English syndrig separate; related to Old High German suntarīg; see sunder, -y 1
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Word Origin and History for all and sundry
Old English syndrig "separate, apart, special," related to sundor "separately" (see sunder). Phrase all and sundry first recorded 1389; sundries "odds and ends" is first found 1755.
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Idioms and Phrases with all and sundry
all and sundry
One and all, as in The salesman gave samples to all and sundry. [Late 1400s]
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