Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a mythical person, as in fairy tales, supposed to make children sleepy by dusting sand in their eyes
Origin: prob. from German sandmann
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A character in fairy tales and folklore who makes children go to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes.