[ ban-dee ]
See synonyms for: bandybandiedbandying on

verb (used with object),ban·died, ban·dy·ing.
  1. to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take; trade; exchange: to bandy blows; to bandy words.

  2. to throw or strike to and fro or from side to side, as a ball in tennis.

  1. to circulate freely: to bandy gossip.

  1. (of legs) having a bend or crook outward; bowed: a new method for correcting bandy legs.

noun,plural ban·dies.
  1. an early form of tennis.

  2. Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.

  1. Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.

Origin of bandy

1570–80; perhaps <Spanish bandear to conduct, bandy, originally help, serve as member of a band of men. See band1

Other words for bandy

Other words from bandy

  • ban·di·ness, noun

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How to use bandy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bandy


/ (ˈbændɪ) /

adjective-dier or -diest
  1. Also: bandy-legged having legs curved outwards at the knees

  2. (of legs) curved outwards at the knees

  1. knock someone bandy Australian informal to amaze or astound

verb-dies, -dying or -died (tr)
  1. to exchange (words) in a heated or hostile manner

  2. to give and receive (blows)

  1. (often foll by about) to circulate (a name, rumour, etc)

  2. to throw or strike to and fro; toss about

nounplural -dies
  1. an early form of hockey, often played on ice

  2. a stick, curved at one end, used in the game of bandy

  1. an old form of tennis

Origin of bandy

C16: probably from Old French bander to hit the ball back and forth at tennis

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