adjective, sand·i·er, sand·i·est.

of the nature of or consisting of sand.
containing or covered with sand.
of a yellowish-red color: sandy hair.
having hair of a sandy color.
shifting or unstable, like sand.

Origin of sandy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sandig. See sand, -y1
Related formssand·i·ness, noun




a male given name.
a female given name, form of Sandra, Saundra, Sondra.




SanfordSandy, born 1935, U.S. baseball player. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective sandier or sandiest

consisting of, containing, or covered with sand
(esp of hair) reddish-yellow
resembling sand in texture
Derived Formssandiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandy

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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