verb (used with object), ban·died, ban·dy·ing.
noun, plural ban·dies.
Origin of bandy
Synonyms for bandy
Examples from the Web for bandy
Historical Examples of 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.
adjective -dier or -diest
verb -dies, -dying or -died (tr)
noun plural -dies
Word Origin 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).