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  1. partially blind; dim-sighted.
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Origin of sand-blind

1350–1400; Middle English; alteration (assimilated to sand) of Old English *samblind half-blind, equivalent to sam- half- (akin to semi-) + blind blind
Related formssand·blind·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sand-blind


  1. not completely blind; partially able to seeCompare stone-blind
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Derived Formssand-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


also 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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