adjective, sand·i·er, sand·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or consisting of sand.
  2. containing or covered with sand.
  3. of a yellowish-red color: sandy hair.
  4. having hair of a sandy color.
  5. shifting or unstable, like sand.

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. 2018

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.

    Wings and the Child

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

British Dictionary definitions for sandiness


adjective sandier or sandiest
  1. consisting of, containing, or covered with sand
  2. (esp of hair) reddish-yellow
  3. resembling sand in texture
Derived Formssandiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandiness

1640s, from sandy + -ness.



Old English sandig "of the nature of sand;" see sand (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "of yellowish-red hue" (in reference to hair) is from 1520s.



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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