- 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 bandy
I have not come to bandy pleasant speeches, or hollow professions.Barnaby Rudge
But the Commander-in-Chief must not tarry to bandy compliments.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The people in the street smiled as we stopped our bandy, got out, and went in.Things as They Are
A little child was lifted out of the bandy, and laid in her arms.
There was some delay about a bandy, but at last it was ready and standing at the door.
- 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 bandy
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).