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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)
    • 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], chapter XXIX, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 76:
      Incapable of hearing reproach or bandying invective, her husband had sunk into the indolence of pensive resignation, and, sensible that things had gone too far for effectual retrieve, tried to find a lenitive in the love of his sister, and the often disappointed hope of a son, during whose long minority wonders were to be done in the management of his property.
  2. (transitive) To use or pass about casually.
    to have one's name bandied about (or around)
    • 1741, I[saac] Watts, chapter 13, in The Improvement of the Mind: Or, A Supplement to the Art of Logick: [], London: [] James Brackstone, [], →OCLC, paragraph 20.3, page 187:
      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![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, […]
  3. (transitive) To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To fight (with or against someone).
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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.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 1, in Vanity Fair [], London: Bradbury and Evans [], published 1848, →OCLC:
      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, chapter 7, in The Line of Beauty, New York: Bloomsbury, →OCLC:
      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 (countable and uncountable, plural bandies)

  1. (sports, uncountable) A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey developed.
  2. (sports, countable) A club bent at the lower part for striking a ball at play; a hockey stick.

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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Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Borrowed from English bandy. Attested since 1894.


bandy c

  1. (sports) bandy (team sport)


Declension of bandy 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative bandy bandyn
Genitive bandys bandyns

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