Origin of sandman
Examples from the Web for sandman
She was singing to her baby about the 'Sandman,' or den lille Ole, as we Danes say.Our Little Danish Cousin
Luna May Innes
"It makes my blood run cold to hear him," whispered the Sandman.
"I don't half like it," replied the Sandman, his teeth chattering with apprehension.
"Vith all my 'art," replied the Sandman, searching the clothes of the victim.
"That's a view o' the case worthy of an Old Bailey lawyer," replied the Sandman.
- (in folklore) a magical person supposed to put children to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes
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.