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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Provençal bandir ‎(to throw). Cognate with banter.


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

  1. To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
    to bandy words (with somebody)
  2. To use or pass about casually.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 4, Well Tackled![1]:
      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, […]
    to have one's name bandied about (or around)
    • I. Watts
      Let not obvious and known truth be bandied about in a disputation.
  3. To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
    • 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 []
    • Cudworth
      like tennis balls bandied and struck upon us [] by rackets from without

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.

Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly from the Welsh word bando most likely derived from the Proto-Germanic *bandją ‎(a curved stick).


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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]



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.

Alternative forms[edit]


  • Dictionary of the Scots Language, Scottish Language Dictionaries, Edinburgh [2]