Sundry vs Occasional - What's the difference?

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Sundry is a related term of occasional.

As adjectives the difference between sundry and occasional

is that sundry is (obsolete) separate; distinct; diverse while occasional is occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time.

As a noun sundry

is (usually|in the plural) a minor miscellaneous item.



Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal)


  • (obsolete) Separate; distinct; diverse.
  • (obsolete) Individual; one for each.
  • Several; diverse; more than one or two; various.
  • Consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds; miscellaneous.
  • Synonyms

    * assorted, divers, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, heterogeneous

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l)


  • (usually, in the plural) A minor miscellaneous item.
  • * 1865 , , 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, , 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, , 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 .
  • (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.
  • (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 , , 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.




  • Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time.
  • Not very often.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
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  • Created for a specific occasion.
  • Intended for use as the occasion requires.
  • Acting in the indicated role from time to time.
  • Derived terms

    {{der3, occasionally , occasional table}}