- to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take; trade; exchange: to bandy blows; to bandy words.
- to throw or strike to and fro or from side to side, as a ball in tennis.
- to circulate freely: to bandy gossip.
- (of legs) having a bend or crook outward; bowed: a new method for correcting bandy legs.
- an early form of tennis.
- Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
- Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.
Origin of bandy
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Examples from the Web for bandies
They had a net to catch penguins, a club like to our bandies, and wooden darts.History of the Buccaneers of America
It should make an end of the treacly farce which bandies between hopelessly parted colleagues the title 'right hon. friend.'
Our baggage and bandies were also carried over in them, but the cattle of every kind were obliged to swim.Narrative of the Life and Travels of Serjeant B——
A game played by two persons, with bandies or sticks hooked at the end, and a bit of wood called a nacket.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)
Alice Bertha Gomme
A dialogue abounding in the passages I have already quoted—a dialogue which bandies 'O you screech-owl!'Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series
John Addington Symonds
- Also: bandy-legged having legs curved outwards at the knees
- (of legs) curved outwards at the knees
- knock someone bandy Australian informal to amaze or astound
- to exchange (words) in a heated or hostile manner
- to give and receive (blows)
- (often foll by about) to circulate (a name, rumour, etc)
- to throw or strike to and fro; toss about
- an early form of hockey, often played on ice
- a stick, curved at one end, used in the game of bandy
- an old form of tennis
Word Origin and History for bandies
1570s, "to strike back and forth," from Middle French bander, from root of band (n.2). The sense apparently evolved from "join together to oppose," to opposition itself, to "exchanging blows," then metaphorically, to volleying in tennis. Bandy (n.) was a 17c. Irish game, precursor of field hockey, played with curved a stick (also called a bandy), hence bandy-legged (1680s).