verb (used with object), ban·died, ban·dy·ing.
noun, plural ban·dies.
- bandy legs,
Origin of bandy
Examples from the Web for bandying
The efficacy of bandying threats of going to hell met its match in the Civil War.
At the very least, he's been bandying about the ‘r’ word rather frequently.
St. George would not condescend, neither would he sully Éloise's name by bandying it about with another lover.
She looked upon talking politics as a masculine diversion, which consisted in bandying violent assertions about Mr. Gladstone.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)|Margaret Veley
And the older man, watching them, bandying chaff with them, renewed his youth for one careless golden hour.Far to Seek|Maud Diver
Ravenshaw had, in the meantime, been bandying jests with the crowd, though inwardly wondering what he should do next.Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
In the front room she stopped before a vat on which, his huge body astride, Santerre was bandying jests with the crowd.In the Name of Liberty|Owen Johnson
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).