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bandy

[ban-dee] /ˈbæn di/
verb (used with object), bandied, bandying.
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.
3.
to circulate freely:
to bandy gossip.
adjective
4.
(of legs) having a bend or crook outward; bowed:
a new method for correcting bandy legs.
noun, plural bandies.
5.
an early form of tennis.
6.
Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
7.
Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.
Origin of bandy
1570-1580
1570-80; perhaps < Spanish bandear to conduct, bandy, orig. help, serve as member of a band of men. See band1
Related forms
bandiness, noun
Synonyms
1. reciprocate, interchange, swap, barter.
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  • I have said that Mr. Charrington's name was bandied about among the sensual and the vulgar—all over England—as a term of reproach.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • All the secrets and signs were bandied about and laughed at among the boys.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • The most prejudiced of those who had bandied her name about for the past few weeks felt a dim sense of shame.

    The Queen Against Owen Allen Upward
  • They are quarrelling about the qualification, and angry words were bandied about.

    The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Charles C. F. Greville
  • A disgraceful quarrel ensued, in which the most vulgar epithets and the grossest witticisms were bandied between them.

British Dictionary definitions for bandied

bandy

/ˈbændɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
Also bandy-legged. having legs curved outwards at the knees
2.
(of legs) curved outwards at the knees
3.
(Austral, informal) knock someone bandy, to amaze or astound
verb (transitive) -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
noun (pl) -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
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old French bander to hit the ball back and forth at tennis
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Word Origin and History for bandied

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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