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From Anglo-Norman turnei, from Old French tornei (tournament), from tornoier (to joust, tilt)


tourney (plural tourneys)

  1. Tournament.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • Tennyson
      We hold a tourney here to-morrow morn, / And there is scantly time for half the work.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIV:
      Kipper stood blinking, as I had sometimes seen him do at the boxing tourneys in which he indulged when in receipt of a shrewd buffet on some tender spot like the tip of the nose.


tourney (third-person singular simple present tourneys, present participle tourneying, simple past and past participle tourneyed)

  1. (archaic) To take part in a tournament.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
      Here indeed, perhaps, by rule of antagonisms, may be the place to mention that, after King Richard’s return, there was a liberty of tourneying given to the fighting men of England […]