all and sundry


various or diverse: sundry persons.
all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually: Free samples were given to all and sundry.

before 900; Middle English; Old English syndrig private, separate, equivalent to syndr- (mutated form of sundor asunder) + -ig -y1; akin to sunder

sundrily, adverb
sundriness, noun Unabridged
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sundry (ˈsʌndrɪ)
1.  several or various; miscellaneous
2.  all and sundry all the various people, individually and collectively
n , -dries
3.  (plural) 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
[Old English syndrig separate; related to Old High German suntarīg; see sunder, -y1]

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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

all and sundry

One and all, as in The salesman gave samples to all and sundry. [Late 1400s]

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