any of numerous shore-inhabiting birds of the family Scolopacidae, related to the plovers, typically having a slender bill and a piping call.

Nearby words

  1. sandlotter,
  2. sandman,
  3. sandor,
  4. sandpaper,
  5. sandpapery,
  6. sandpit,
  7. sandra,
  8. sandringham,
  9. sandro,
  10. sandrocottus

Origin of sandpiper

First recorded in 1665–75; sand + piper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sandpiper



any of numerous N hemisphere shore birds of the genera Tringa, Calidris, etc, typically having a long slender bill and legs and cryptic plumage: family Scolopacidae, order Charadriiformes
any other bird of the family Scolopacidae, which includes snipes and woodcocks
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Word Origin and History for sandpiper



1670s, from sand (n.) + piper.

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