verb (used with object), bandied, bandying.
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 bandies.
an early form of tennis.
Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.

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

bandiness, noun

1. reciprocate, interchange, swap, barter. Unabridged
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bandy (ˈbændɪ)
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  Also: bandy-legged having legs curved outwards at the knees
2.  (of legs) curved outwards at the knees
3.  informal (Austral) knock someone bandy to amaze or astound
vb , -dier, -diest, -dies, -dying, -died
4.  to exchange (words) in a heated or hostile manner
5.  to give and receive (blows)
6.  (often foll by about) to circulate (a name, rumour, etc)
7.  to throw or strike to and fro; toss about
n , -dier, -diest, -dies, -dying, -died, -dies
8.  an early form of hockey, often played on ice
9.  a stick, curved at one end, used in the game of bandy
10.  an old form of tennis
[C16: probably from Old French bander to hit the ball back and forth at tennis]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "to strike back and forth," from M.Fr. bander, from root of band (2). The sense apparently evolved from "join together to oppose," to opposition itself, to "exchanging blows," then metaphorically, to volleying in tennis. Bandy 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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