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.

Nearby words

  1. sandwich panel,
  2. sandwich tern,
  3. sandwiched,
  4. sandworm,
  5. sandwort,
  6. sandy blight,
  7. sandy city,
  8. sandy hook,
  9. sane,
  10. sanely

Origin of sandy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sandig. See sand, -y1

Related formssand·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

    Wings and the Child|E. [Edith] Nesbit

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 Formssandiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for sandiness
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