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sundry

[suhn-dree] /ˈsʌn dri/
adjective
1.
various or diverse:
sundry persons.
Idioms
2.
all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually:
Free samples were given to all and sundry.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English syndrig private, separate, equivalent to syndr- (mutated form of sundor asunder) + -ig -y1; akin to sunder
Related forms
sundrily, adverb
sundriness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for all and sun dry

sundry

/ˈsʌndrɪ/
determiner
1.
several or various; miscellaneous
pronoun
2.
all and sundry, all the various people, individually and collectively
noun (pl) -dries
3.
(pl) miscellaneous unspecified items
4.
(Austral, cricket) also called extra. a run not scored from the bat, such as a wide, no-ball, bye, or leg bye
Word Origin
Old English syndrig separate; related to Old High German suntarīg; see sunder, -y1
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Word Origin and History for all and sun dry
sundry
O.E. 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.
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