verb (used with object), ban·died, ban·dy·ing.

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 ban·dies.

Origin of bandy

1570–80; perhaps < Spanish bandear to conduct, bandy, orig. help, serve as member of a band of men. See band1
Related formsban·di·ness, noun

Synonyms for bandy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bandy

barter, exchange, toss, banter, cart, trade, swap, spar, discuss, carriage

Examples from the Web for bandy

Historical Examples of bandy

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bandy


adjective -dier or -diest

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

verb -dies, -dying or -died (tr)

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 plural -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 for bandy

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).

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