[ suhn-dree ]
/ ˈsʌn dri /


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 syndrig private, separate, equivalent to syndr- (mutated form of sundor asunder) + -ig -y1; akin to sunder
Related formssun·dri·ly, adverbsun·dri·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for all and sundry


/ (ˈsʌndrɪ) /


several or various; miscellaneous


all and sundry all the various people, individually and collectively

noun plural -dries

(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

Word Origin for sundry

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with all and sundry (1 of 2)

all and sundry

One and all, as in The salesman gave samples to all and sundry. [Late 1400s]

Idioms and Phrases with all and sundry (2 of 2)


see all and sundry.

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