Definitions

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  • n. A boy who sells sand.
  • n. A proverbially happy or jolly person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young peddler of sand; used now only to express great happiness in `happy as a sandboy'

Etymologies

From sand +‎ boy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Perhaps we should ignore Iain and file the word chav with the likes of sandboy, gyp, toerag as common words of possibly rather offensive origins.

    Dale's Academy of Political Correction: Ban Word 'Toff'

  • They were so bitter about Britain and all her works that I gathered they were getting pretty panicky, and that made me as jolly as a sandboy.

    Greenmantle

  • ‘Of course I am; — as jolly as a sandboy,’ he said.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Forty — he supposed — with three children and fourteen hundred things to attend to every day; shingled, and cheerful as a sandboy.

    Swan Song

  • He was in precisely the same position, only worse, because married; and yet she felt as blithe as a ‘sandboy.’

    Maid in Waiting

  • I was happy as a sandboy — beautiful wife, beautiful children, house, secure job, good social life — then, wham, the wife hits me between the eyes with the muscled actor from next door who's been shafting her for months.

    Disordered Minds

  • A couple of kids in a few years and she'll be happy as a sandboy.

    two women

  • "Well, and Vera said, 'Here's Luce lying tucked up as jolly as a sandboy, why shouldn't we be jolly too?'"

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • He is jolly as a sandboy, he is happier than a king,

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, April 4, 1917

  • But he must have thought a lot in the night time, for in the morning he had got himself in hand and was as cheerful as a sandboy.

    Mr. Standfast

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  • "Winifred smiled affectionately after him as he left the room. 'Men are just children, really, aren't they. He's as happy as a sandboy when he's doing something messy.'"
    Excellent Women by Barbara Pym, p 47 of the Plume paperback edition

    March 12, 2012