noun, plural sand·men.
Examples from the Web for sandman
"Yes, ve'll take care on you," added the Tinker and the Sandman.
She was telling him that the 'Sandman, with his umbrella, knows all about the little folks in town.Our Little Danish Cousin|Luna May Innes
"Look 'em over yourself," rejoined the Sandman, pushing the book towards him.
"Exactly the case with the t'other," whispered the Tinker to the Sandman.
Slightly altering his position, the Sandman caught sight of a figure standing upon the planks above them.
British Dictionary definitions for sandman
noun plural -men
Word Origin and History for sandman
bringer of sleep in nursery lore, 1861, from sand (n.) in reference to hard grains found in the eyelashes on waking; first attested in a translation from the Norwegian of Andersen (his Ole Lukoie "Ole Shut-eye," about a being who makes children sleepy, came out 1842), and perhaps partly from German Sandmann. More common in U.S.; dustman with the same sense is attested from 1821.