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sandy

[san-dee] /ˈsæn di/
adjective, sandier, sandiest.
1.
of the nature of or consisting of sand.
2.
containing or covered with sand.
3.
of a yellowish-red color:
sandy hair.
4.
having hair of a sandy color.
5.
shifting or unstable, like sand.
Origin of sandy
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English sandig. See sand, -y1
Related forms
sandiness, noun
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  • Sand is as good as anything in the world to build with—but there is no sand on the beach at Brighton, only sandiness.

    Wings and the Child E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • The landlord raised his hands and described the length and sandiness of the way.

British Dictionary definitions for sandiness

sandy

/ˈsændɪ/
adjective sandier, sandiest
1.
consisting of, containing, or covered with sand
2.
(esp of hair) reddish-yellow
3.
resembling sand in texture
Derived Forms
sandiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandiness
n.

1640s, from sandy + -ness.

sandy

adj.

Old English sandig "of the nature of sand;" see sand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "of yellowish-red hue" (in reference to hair) is from 1520s.

Sandy

n.

late 15c. as a nickname for Alexander; as the typical name for a Scotsman from 1785, also drawing on the hair-color sense of sandy (adj.). Also Sawney, and with diminutive form Saunder preserved in surnames.

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