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  • enPR: băn'di, IPA(key): /ˈbændi/
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  • Rhymes: -ændi

Etymology 1[edit]

From French bander (to bandy at tennis), with -y, -ie added due to influence from Spanish and Portuguese bandear and or Old Occitan bandir (to throw), from the same root as English band. Compare also with banter.

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bandy (third-person singular simple present bandies, present participle bandying, simple past and past participle bandied).

  1. (transitive) To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
    to bandy words (with somebody)
  2. (transitive) To use or pass about casually.
    to have one's name bandied about (or around)
    • 1741, Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind, London: James Brackstone, Chapter 13, Section 20.3, p. 187,[1]
      Let not obvious and known Truths, or some of the most plain and certain Propositions be bandy’d about in a Disputation, for a meer Trial of Skill []
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 4, in Well Tackled![2]:
      Technical terms like ferrite, perlite, graphite, and hardenite were bandied to and fro, and when Paget glibly brought out such a rare exotic as ferro-molybdenum, Benson forgot that he was a master ship-builder, […]
  3. (transitive) To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene 4,[3]
      Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal?
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      For as whipp'd tops and bandied balls, / The learned hold, are animals; / So horses they affirm to be / Mere engines made by geometry []
    • 1678, Ralph Cudworth, The True Intellectual System of the Universe, London: Richard Royston, Book I, Chapter 5, p. ,[4]
      For, had we no Mastery at all over our Thoughts, but they were all like Tennis Balls, Bandied, and Struck upon us, as it were by Rackets from without; then could we not steadily and constantly carry on any Designs and Purposes of Life.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To fight (with or against someone).
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, London: William Jones,[5]
      Brother displaie my ensignes in the field,
      Ile bandie with the Barons and the Earles,
      And eyther die, or liue with Gaueston.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 1,[6]
      Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince expressly hath
      Forbidden bandying in Verona streets:
    • 1650, John Milton, Eikonoklastes, London, Chapter 18, pp. 160-161,[7]
      But when a King setts himself to bandy against the highest Court and residence of all his Regal power, he then, in the single person of a Man, fights against his own Majesty and Kingship, and then indeed sets the first hand to his own deposing.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Scots bandy.


bandy (comparative bandier, superlative bandiest)

  1. Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy-legged.
    • 1794, William Blake, The Little Vagabond, third stanza
      Then the Parson might preach, and drink, and sing, / And we’d be as happy as birds in the spring; / And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church, / Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 1:
      A black servant, who reposed on the box beside the fat coachman, uncurled his bandy legs as soon as the equipage drew up opposite Miss Pinkerton's shining brass plate, and as he pulled the bell at least a score of young heads were seen peering out of the narrow windows of the stately old brick house.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 7,
      There was an old man drying near them, squat and bandy and brown all over, and Nick remembered him from last year []

Etymology 3[edit]

Probably from the verb bandy in the sense "toss/bat back and forth",[1] or possibly from the Welsh word bando, most likely derived from the Proto-Germanic *bandją (a curved stick).


English Wikipedia has an article on:

bandy (uncountable)

  1. (sports) A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey developed.
  2. A club bent at the lower part for striking a ball at play; a hockey stick.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

Etymology 4[edit]

From Telugu [Term?].


bandy (plural bandies)

  1. A carriage or cart used in India, especially one drawn by bullocks.




bandy (not comparable)

  1. Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy legged.


bandy (plural bandies)

  1. A minnow; a stickleback.

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