Definition of sundry in English:



  • Of various kinds; several.

    ‘prawn and garlic vol-au-vents and sundry other delicacies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is variously a fabulous technical challenge, an extension of the American frontier and the locus for sundry Utopias.’
    • ‘These are adjoining castles built from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries by sundry lords of Merle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, one should note that their presentation on spreadsheets produced with sundry software, is slightly primitive and ‘clunky.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apart from inspecting the (not inconsiderable) salaries of special advisers and sundry spin-doctors, they make pretty dull reading.’
    • ‘There's little ambiguity about the adroitness of the guitarists' noise making, and their deft improvising takes the album in sundry directions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What ties together these sundry ingredients is the vision of delivering information through any medium, anywhere in the world, at any time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So is it a company that builds and sells operating systems, or is its core business flogging sundry services and stuff to you?’
    • ‘Track four rises out of hiss, radio signals, sundry bleeps and breath like the atmosphere rising out of a tropical swamp.’
    various, varied, miscellaneous, assorted, mixed, diverse, diversified, motley, random
    View synonyms


  • 1sundriesVarious items not important enough to be mentioned individually.

    ‘a drugstore selling magazines, newspapers, and sundries’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Australian Cricket
    A run scored other than from a hit with the bat, credited to the batting side rather than to a batsman; an extra.


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