Word Origin partially blind; dim-sighted. Origin of sand-blind 1350–1400; Middle English;
alteration (assimilated to
Old English *samblind
half-blind, equivalent to
half- (akin to
blind blind Related forms sand·blind·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sand-blind not completely blind; partially able to see Compare stone-blind Derived Forms sand-blindness, noun Word Origin
C15: changed (through influence of
sand) from Old English samblind (unattested), from sam- half, semi- + blind
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Word Origin and History for sand-blind adj.
sandblind, "half-blind," c.1400, probably altered (by influence of sand) from Old English *samblind, the first element from West Germanic *sami-, from PIE *semi- (see semi-); cf. Old English samlæred "half-taught, badly instructed," samstorfen "half-dead."
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