[ ban-dee ]
/ ˈbæn di /
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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.
an early form of tennis.
Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.
OTHER WORDS FOR bandy
1 reciprocate, interchange, swap, barter.
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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 FROM bandyban·di·ness, noun
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How to use bandy in a sentence
The efficacy of bandying threats of going to hell met its match in the Civil War.Americans’ Burning Obsession With Hell|William O’Connor|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the very least, he's been bandying about the ‘r’ word rather frequently.Rush the Race-Baiter|Conor Friedersdorf|October 16, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Then there will be no more quarrelling, no more bandying of disrespectful epithets, no more heart burnings.Is Shakespeare Dead?|Mark Twain
I am not bandying compliments now, but thinking of better things than praises or phrases.A Mortal Antipathy|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
It is a clear injustice to confound such talk as this with a mere bandying of Joe-Millers.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
There would be no bandying words between them, no involved explanations, no possibility of any further misunderstanding.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo|E. Phillips Oppenheim
We females were busy at the needle, while my brother and Pleyel were bandying quotations and syllogisms.Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for bandy
/ (ˈbændɪ) /
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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