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[ban-dee] /ˈbæn di/
verb (used with object), bandied, bandying.
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.
noun, plural bandies.
an early form of tennis.
Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.
Origin of bandy
1570-80; perhaps < Spanish bandear to conduct, bandy, orig. help, serve as member of a band of men. See band1
Related forms
bandiness, noun
1. reciprocate, interchange, swap, barter. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bandy
Historical Examples
  • I have not come to bandy pleasant speeches, or hollow professions.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • 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 Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • A little child was lifted out of the bandy, and laid in her arms.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • There was some delay about a bandy, but at last it was ready and standing at the door.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • We cannot bandy words with Nature, or deal with her as we deal with persons.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Master Udal, the minister, was not a man to bandy compliments.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • bandy Jim did not wait for the eager question on the tip of my tongue.

  • I flung bandy Jim a piece of gold and told him I would see him again.

  • Here they have "bandy" matches, ski-ing, and tobogganing, as well as other winter games.


    M. Pearson Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for bandy


adjective -dier, -diest
Also bandy-legged. having legs curved outwards at the knees
(of legs) curved outwards at the knees
(Austral, informal) knock someone bandy, to amaze or astound
verb (transitive) -dies, -dying, -died
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
noun (pl) -dies
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
C16: probably from Old French bander to hit the ball back and forth at tennis
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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