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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
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  • There would be no bandying words between them, no involved explanations, no possibility of any further misunderstanding.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It will be well for you to answer questions instead of bandying them.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Her look bade him weigh words; they had passed beyond the borders of merriment, beyond the bandying of challenges.

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
  • I remonstrated with him on the impropriety of bandying words with our servants.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • The finest assembly of gentlemen in the world are bandying evil names and punching each other's heads.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Impossible that she should keep them yet impossible to send them back as if in a bandying of rebuffs.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Then, as if to break away from bandying of compliments, he asked: "But what were the rumors you spoke of?"

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • They had known no empty words, no bandying of foolish phrases.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for bandying


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
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Word Origin and History for bandying



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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