[ sand-man ]
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noun,plural sand·men.
  1. the man who, in fairy tales or folklore, puts sand in the eyes of children to make them sleepy.

Origin of sandman

First recorded in 1860–65; sand + man

Words Nearby sandman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sandman in a sentence

  • "It makes my blood run cold to hear him," whispered the sandman.

    Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • "I don't half like it," replied the sandman, his teeth chattering with apprehension.

    Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • "Vith all my 'art," replied the sandman, searching the clothes of the victim.

    Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • "That's a view o' the case worthy of an Old Bailey lawyer," replied the sandman.

    Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • "Exactly the case with the t'other," whispered the Tinker to the sandman.

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British Dictionary definitions for sandman


/ (ˈsændˌmæn) /

nounplural -men
  1. (in folklore) a magical person supposed to put children to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes

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