See also: sun-dry


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From Middle English sundry, sondry, sindry, from Old English syndriġ (separate, single; sundry, various, distinct; special, private, peculiar, exceptional, particular; characteristic; (distributive) one each), from sundor (asunder, apart, separately); equivalent to sunder +‎ -y. Cognate with Low German sunderig (single, special), Middle High German sunderig (separate, special, private), Swedish söndrig (broken, tattered), Dutch zonderlijk (separate) and more common Dutch afzonderlijk (separate).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsʌn.dɹi/
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  1. (obsolete) Separate; distinct; diverse.
  2. (obsolete) Individual; one for each.
  3. Several; diverse; more than one or two; various.
    • 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
      Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages / And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes / To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Thereupon, quoth he, "O woman, for sundry days I have seen thee attend the levée sans a word said; so tell me an thou have any requirement I may grant."
  4. Consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds; miscellaneous.


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sundry (plural sundries)

  1. (usually in the plural) A minor miscellaneous item.
    • 1865, Frances Freeling Broderip, Crosspatch, the Cricket, and the Counterpane, page 16,
      Here she kept her scarlet cloak, her Sunday shoes, her best cap and apron, and her steeple-crowned hat; but down at the very bottom, underneath her new checked petticoat, she found a little bag of sundries, which might serve her purpose, and which she sat down to examine at her leisure.
    • 1924 March, Advertisement, Popular Mechanics, page 192,
      Our big free catalog illustrates and describes parts, equipment and sundries that our more than a million riders may need.
    • 1931 June, Advertisement, Boys′ Life, page 54,
      It pays you to buy from Bicycle Specialists We have been in business 40 years, and can offer you positively the lowest prices for high-grade bicycles, tires and sundries.
  2. (in the plural, accounting) A category for irregular or miscellaneous items not otherwise classified.
    • 1905, William Mott Steuart (United States Bureau of the Census), Special Reports: Mines and quarries 1902, page 476,
      Miscellaheous expenses,—This item includes rent and royalties of all descriptions, “taxes, insurance, interest, advertising, office supplies, law expenses, injuries and damages, telegraph and telephone service, gas, and all other sundries not reported elsewhere.”
    • 1910, William Mott Steuart, Thomas Commerford Martin (United States Bureau of the Census), Street and Electric Railways 1907, page 181,
      In 1902 franchise values were largely carried as sundries, but it is a very common practice to charge these values to cost of construction and equipment.
    • 2009, Neville Box, VCE Accounting Units 3 & 4, 4th Edition, unnumbered page,
      Any payment listed in the Sundries column must be posted individually to the appropriate ledger account.
    • 2011, Robert Rodgers, Peter Lucas, Bookkeeping and Accounting Essentials, page 105,
      The petty cash book classifies payments as petrol and oils, postage, office, sundries and GST paid.
  3. (usually in the plural, cricket, chiefly Australia) An extra.
    • 1954, Percy Taylor, Richmond′s 100 years of cricket: The Story of the Richmond Cricket Club, 1854-1954, unidentified page,
      The wicketkeeper for Williamstown had a bad day, as sundries topped the score with 30.
    • 1998, Donald Bradman, The Art of Cricket, page 167,
      In the modern era I sometimes feel the emphasis has erroneously shifted towards placing unwarranted importance on how few sundries are recorded.
    • 1999, Ashok Kumar, DPH Sports Series: Cricket, Discovery Publishing House, India, page 145,
      As for sundries, these are very often caused by erratic bowling or a nasty pitch.

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  1. Various people.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      To be the bride of Christ was the thought that filled her heart; and when, at the fencing of the table, Dr. Chrystal preached from Matthew nine and fifteen, 'Can the children of the bridechamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?' it was remarked by sundry that Ailie's face was liker the countenance of an angel than of a mortal lass.