- 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 bandying
It will be well for you to answer questions instead of bandying them.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
"Still, there's nothing gained by bandying names," returned Brady.Jack of Both Sides
There was no sign of cynicism now, no bandying of compliments.The Daughters of Danaus
Nor was he in the least the jollying, bandying person the younger ladies were familiar with.Selina
George Madden Martin
I remonstrated with him on the impropriety of bandying words with our servants.Roughing it in the Bush
- 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 bandying
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).