Meaning of sundry

sundry




A teenager emptying out his backpack at the end of the school year might find sundry items at the bottom, meaning that the backpack was filled with a random collection of unrelated things — an old stick of gum, a broken pair of sunglasses, crumpled pieces of paper, and so forth.

Most people associate the word sundry with the old-fashioned drugstore in their neighborhood that used to sell all sorts of odds and ends, from magazines to hairbrushes. The word is typically used as an adjective to describe a collection of various different items found in one place, as in — “I discovered records, perfume bottles, and sundry items at my neighbor’s yard sale.” The phrase “all and sundry” refers collectively to a group of people, as in, “I invited all and sundry of my relatives to my tea party.”

Definitions of sundry
  1. adjective

    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

    “”
    sundry sciences commonly known as social”- I.A.Richards”
    synonyms:

    assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley

    heterogeneous, heterogenous

    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

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