Sundry vs Single - What's the difference?

sundry | single |

As nouns the difference between sundry and single

is that sundry is (usually|in the plural) a minor miscellaneous item while single is single (45rpm vinyl record).

As an adjective sundry

is (obsolete) separate; distinct; diverse.



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.




  • Not accompanied by anything else; one in number.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders
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  • Not divided in parts.
  • Designed for the use of only one.
  • Performed by one person, or one on each side.
  • a single combat
  • * Milton
  • These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, / Who now defies thee thrice to single fight.
  • Not married, and also not dating.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
  • * Dryden
  • Single chose to live, and shunned to wed.
  • (botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.
  • (obsolete) Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Luke XI:
  • Therefore, when thyne eye is single : then is all thy boddy full off light. Butt if thyne eye be evyll: then shall all thy body be full of darknes?
  • * Shakespeare
  • I speak it with a single heart.
  • Uncompounded; pure; unmixed.
  • * I. Watts
  • Simple ideas are opposed to complex, and single to compound.
  • (obsolete) Simple; foolish; weak; silly.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • He utters such single matter in so infantly a voice.


    * (not accompanied by anything else) lone, sole * (not divided in parts) unbroken, undivided, uniform * (not married) unmarried


    * (single) divorced, married, widowed

    Derived terms

    * single-acting * single bed * single-blind/single blind * single bond * single-cell * single-celled * single-click * single combat * single cream * single crochet * single cross * single crystal * single currency * single data rate * single-decker * singledom * single-elimination * single entry * single-eyed * single file * single flower * single-fold * single-foot * single grave * single-handed * single-handedly * single-hearted * singlehood * single-horse * single-issue * single leaf * single-line * single knot * single malt * single market * single-minded * single money * single mother * singleness * single-o * single option * single parent * single-phase * single-phasing * singleplayer * single-ply roof * single pneumonia * single-point * single-point urban interchange * single point of failure * single precision * single prop * single quote * singler * single scull * single-sex * single shell * single shot * single-shot * single sourcing * single-space * single-spaced * single-spacing * single standard * single star system * singlestick * single stitch * single supplement * singlet * single tax * singleton * single track * single union agreement * single-valued * single-wide * single-word


    (en noun)
  • A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
  • A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.
  • The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.
  • One who is not married.
  • He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
  • (cricket) A score of one run.
  • (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
  • (dominoes) A tile that has different values (i.e., number of pips) in each end.
  • A bill valued at $1.
  • I don't have any singles , so you'll have to make change.
  • (UK) A one-way ticket.
  • (Canadian football) A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.
  • (tennis, chiefly, in the plural) A game with one player on each side, as in tennis.
  • One of the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness.
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) A handful of gleaned grain.
  • Antonyms

    * album * (one who is not married) married

    Derived terms

    * cassingle * lead single * singles bar * singles charts * split single * CD single

    See also

    * baseball * cricket


  • To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out' or to '''single''' (something) ' out .
  • Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag.
    Yvonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • dogs who hereby can single out their master in the dark
  • (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.
  • Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
  • (agriculture) To thin out.
  • * 1913 ,
  • Paul went joyfully, and spent the afternoon helping to hoe or to single turnips with his friend.
  • (of a horse) To take the irregular gait called singlefoot.
  • * W. S. Clark
  • Many very fleet horses, when overdriven, adopt a disagreeable gait, which seems to be a cross between a pace and a trot, in which the two legs of one side are raised almost but not quite, simultaneously. Such horses are said to single , or to be single-footed.
  • To sequester; to withdraw; to retire.
  • * Hooker
  • an agent singling itself from consorts
  • To take alone, or one by one.
  • * Hooker
  • men commendable when they are singled

    Derived terms

    * single out

    See also



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