various or diverse: sundry persons.


    all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually: Free samples were given to all and sundry.

Origin of sundry

before 900; Middle English; Old English syndrig private, separate, equivalent to syndr- (mutated form of sundor asunder) + -ig -y1; akin to sunder
Related formssun·dri·ly, adverbsun·dri·ness, noun



plural noun

sundry things or items, especially small, miscellaneous items of little value.Compare notion(def 6).

Origin of sundries

First recorded in 1805–15; noun plural use of sundry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sundry

various, assorted, different, manifold, many, several, some, varied, divers

Examples from the Web for sundry

Contemporary Examples of sundry

Historical Examples of sundry

  • Faults of temper she may have had, and eke narrow prejudices on sundry points.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • All around him he saw the prone bodies of his men, naked to the view of all and sundry.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • It is the custom of the Asiatics, you know, to invite all and sundry to a wedding.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • The monster was minded of mankind now sundry to seize in the stately house.



  • The stuffing is of fern, feathers, mounga, and sundry other matters.

British Dictionary definitions for sundry



several or various; miscellaneous


all and sundry all the various people, individually and collectively

noun plural -dries

(plural) miscellaneous unspecified items
also called: extra Australian cricket a run not scored from the bat, such as a wide, no-ball, bye, or leg bye

Word Origin for sundry

Old English syndrig separate; related to Old High German suntarīg; see sunder, -y 1
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Word Origin and History for sundry

Old English syndrig "separate, apart, special," related to sundor "separately" (see sunder). Phrase all and sundry first recorded 1389; sundries "odds and ends" is first found 1755.



1755, plural of sundry (adj.) used as a noun.

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Idioms and Phrases with sundry


see all and sundry.

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