Examples Word Origin adjective, sand·i·er, sand·i·est. of the nature of or consisting of sand. containing or covered with sand. of a yellowish-red color: sandy hair. having hair of a sandy color. shifting or unstable, like sand. Origin of sandy before 1000; Middle English; Old English sandig.
-y 1 Related forms sand·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for sandiness Historical Examples of sandiness
The landlord raised his hands and described the length and
sandiness of the way.
Sand is as good as anything in the world to build with—but there is no sand on the beach at Brighton, only
sandiness. British Dictionary definitions for sandiness adjective sandier or sandiest consisting of, containing, or covered with sand (esp of hair) reddish-yellow resembling sand in texture Derived Forms sandiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandiness adj.
sandig "of the nature of sand;" see sand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "of yellowish-red hue" (in reference to hair) is from 1520s. 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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