verb (used with object), ban·died, ban·dy·ing.
noun, plural ban·dies.
Origin of bandy
Examples from the Web for bandies
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
They had a net to catch penguins, a club like to our bandies, and wooden darts.History of the Buccaneers of America|James Burney
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——|Robert Butler
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
It should make an end of the treacly farce which bandies between hopelessly parted colleagues the title 'right hon. friend.'
British Dictionary definitions for bandies
adjective -dier or -diest
verb -dies, -dying or -died (tr)
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for bandy
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).