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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a game similar to ice hockey. It is played almost exclusively in the Scandinavian countries, the Baltic countries, and Mongolia. A team is composed of from 8 to 11 players who wear skates and use curved sticks to hit a ball. Rink size varies but is characteristically larger than an ice hockey rink (about 100 by 55 m [109 by 60 yards]). The goalie does not use a stick but, alone among the players, can touch the ball with his hands. There are two halves of 45 minutes each, and play commences at the centre circle. Unlike hockey, no play is allowed behind the goals. Play begins with a "stroke off," and each team is confined to its own half of the rink. The use of a ball instead of a flat puck makes bandy faster than hockey. Free strokes are given for penalties, such as for going over the midline. Free substitution is permitted. There are six officials in the game. Bandy originated in England in the late 18th century, and the modern game of ice hockey probably developed from it.

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Example sentences
Eventually they stepped outside the blockade and started to bandy words with the police.
If you go to a store and ask for a chocolate bandy bar.
Bandy filed a motion and brief asking that the evidence of the result of a blood test be suppressed.
Bandy was pleased that the manual is more user-friendly now.
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