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[ban-dee] /ˈbæn di/
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.
Origin of bandy
1570-80; perhaps < Spanish bandear to conduct, bandy, orig. help, serve as member of a band of men. See band1
Related forms
bandiness, noun
1. reciprocate, interchange, swap, barter. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bandy
Historical Examples
  • Anybody ever tell you about the fight Bob had with bandy Walker?

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • As he cannot talk sense, she stoops to bandy chaff and slang.

  • "He's doing his best to cure those beautiful eyes of his," said bandy Robinson.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • The bushrangers let him curse; not a word did they bandy with him or with each other.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • While she walked away from him, as if scorning to bandy further words, he looked after her in consternation.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • “Only the first round ended, looks like, bandy,” Dud said genially.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Life, Mrs. Carroway, is no joke to bandy back, but trouble to be shared.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • bandy Walker pushed to the front, jerking a forty-five from its scabbard.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • They all have the bandy leg, but the Dutch foot is sometimes used instead of the ball-and-claw.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • I have not come to bandy pleasant speeches, or hollow professions.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for bandy


adjective -dier, -diest
Also bandy-legged. having legs curved outwards at the knees
(of legs) curved outwards at the knees
(Austral, informal) knock someone bandy, to amaze or astound
verb (transitive) -dies, -dying, -died
to exchange (words) in a heated or hostile manner
to give and receive (blows)
(often foll by about) to circulate (a name, rumour, etc)
to throw or strike to and fro; toss about
noun (pl) -dies
an early form of hockey, often played on ice
a stick, curved at one end, used in the game of bandy
an old form of tennis
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old French bander to hit the ball back and forth at tennis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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