sandiness


sandiness

adjective, sand·i·er, sand·i·est.

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

adjective sandier or sandiest

  1. consisting of, containing, or covered with sand
  2. (esp of hair) reddish-yellow
  3. resembling sand in texture

n.1640s, from sandy + -ness. adj.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. n.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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