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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

sundries

[suhn-dreez] /ˈsʌn driz/
plural noun
1.
sundry things or items, especially small, miscellaneous items of little value.
Compare notion (def 6).
Origin
1805-15; noun plural use of sundry
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Examples from the web for sundry
  • It will be wide open for all and sundry to come along and enjoy it.
  • And made sundry other arrangements, much to my satisfaction.
  • And there is that centipede crawling into her hair, along with various and sundry other big bugs crawling all over her.
  • Facilities include a sundry shop, laundry room, indoor heated swimming pool and exercise room.
  • The hotel also features a gift and sundry shop, outdoor heated pool and two on-site eateries.
  • The camp store supplies groceries and sundry items, as well as canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals.
  • The property has a sundry shop and laundry facilities.
  • The hotel also has room for parking boats in the parking lot, a laundry room and a gift and sundry shop.
  • The effects will be felt immediately by all and sundry.
  • It will eventually cause dislocation and conflicts in sundry places and even perhaps war.
British Dictionary definitions for sundry

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 sundry
adj.

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.

sundries

n.

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

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