Definition of sundry in English:



  • [attributive] Of various kinds; several:

    ‘prawn and garlic vol-au-vents and sundry other delicacies’
    • ‘Apart from inspecting the (not inconsiderable) salaries of special advisers and sundry spin-doctors, they make pretty dull reading.’
    • ‘Comic interludes and sundry distractions prevent the magnetic theme of love-even in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear-from attracting all the iron filings, as it were.’
    • ‘To make the play less hackneyed, the teenagers also impersonate a number of other characters, including a yardie pimp with whom both are involved, and sundry members of their own or another, hostile posse.’
    • ‘Over the past five years, the firm researched the amount it spends on various and sundry expenses and came up with a percentage of the overall cost of the project.’
    • ‘To take dry facts, the occasional anecdote and reams of information from sundry sources, and weave them together into a narrative that is both interesting and informative can be a daunting task.’
    • ‘So is it a company that builds and sells operating systems, or is its core business flogging sundry services and stuff to you?’
    • ‘Discussion papers were presented by various interested government departments and by private organizations such as the South African Agricultural Union, the Chamber of Mines, and sundry Chambers of Commerce.’
    • ‘Music is parsed as pieces or works, with movements and sections, and ultimately with sundry units that become smaller and smaller, making music a collection of larger things composed of smaller things.’
    • ‘At the same time, one should note that their presentation on spreadsheets produced with sundry software, is slightly primitive and ‘clunky.’’
    • ‘These are adjoining castles built from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries by sundry lords of Merle.’
    • ‘It is variously a fabulous technical challenge, an extension of the American frontier and the locus for sundry Utopias.’
    • ‘But then things begin to fog up in an orgy of fills, effects, and scratching before a drum machine boots the song into a new direction: chugging rock punctuated with sundry bits of feedback and squall.’
    • ‘It appears that yesterday, every man and his dog chose to send me their brochures, special offers newsletters and other sundry bits of promotional material.’
    • ‘They ship the letter (along with sundry paraphernalia) via Overnight Delivery.’
    • ‘While one could cite various and sundry works to exemplify his involvement with and commitment to a multicultural approach to a communicative music, suffice it to say that, in the long arch of history, time had passed him by.’
    • ‘Among the exceptions are sundry independent worlds commonly known as enclaves that have, for various reasons, chosen not to seek membership and have also managed not to be absorbed.’
    • ‘It was a wonderfully woozy night, and she DJed with a deft touch, moving in and out of the vinyl grooves, merging sundry vibes and keeping the headspace at a nice high.’
    • ‘Track four rises out of hiss, radio signals, sundry bleeps and breath like the atmosphere rising out of a tropical swamp.’
    • ‘What ties together these sundry ingredients is the vision of delivering information through any medium, anywhere in the world, at any time.’
    • ‘There's little ambiguity about the adroitness of the guitarists' noise making, and their deft improvising takes the album in sundry directions.’
    various, varied, miscellaneous, assorted, mixed, diverse, diversified, motley, random
    several, numerous, many, manifold, multifarious, multitudinous, legion
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  • 1sundriesVarious items not important enough to be mentioned individually:

    ‘a drugstore selling magazines, newspapers, and sundries’
    • ‘The 33-year old distributor supplies a wide range of brand-name cosmetics, toiletries, hair care and sundries to over a thousand chemists throughout Ireland.’
    • ‘If you've planned in advance - by buying your suntan lotion and other sundries before departure and knowing which excursions you want to take and how much those trips will cost - you should be able determine an on-board budget and stick to it.’
    • ‘Total weight is around 2kg and the carry bag fits easily into my backpack while still allowing room for general daily sundries such as wallet, keys, lunch, magazines, etc.’
    • ‘You end up going home with a couple of sundries, a chocolate bar, a packet of crisp and a bottle of juice for fifty bucks.’
    • ‘In the hollowed out center of the asteroid, there was a biosphere of sorts, with plants and bushes, and a small circle of shops selling sundries, and the kind of supplies that ship's crews might need.’
    • ‘Scattered about are whiteboards, markers, pens, and paper, as well as quirky sundries such as wigs, Hula-Hoops, and Play-Doh.’
    • ‘Toiletries and sundries at $400 per month are excessive.’
  • 2Cricket

    Australian term for extra


Old English syndrig ‘distinct, separate’; related to sunder.