bandy

[ ban-dee ]
/ ˈbæn di /

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.

adjective

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

noun, plural ban·dies.


Nearby words

  1. bandung,
  2. bandura,
  3. bandurria,
  4. bandwagon,
  5. bandwidth,
  6. bandy legs,
  7. bandy-bandy,
  8. bandy-legged,
  9. bandywallop,
  10. bane

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bandying

bandy

/ (ˈbændɪ) /

adjective -dier or -diest

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

noun plural -dies

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 bandying

bandy

v.

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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