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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.
an early form of tennis.
Chiefly British. (formerly) hockey or shinny.
Obsolete. a hockey or shinny stick.
Historical Examples

Anybody ever tell you about the fight Bob had with bandy Walker?
The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine

As he cannot talk sense, she stoops to bandy chaff and slang.
Modern Women and What is Said of Them Anonymous

“He’s doing his best to cure those beautiful eyes of his,” said bandy Robinson.
Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish

The bushrangers let him curse; not a word did they bandy with him or with each other.
Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

While she walked away from him, as if scorning to bandy further words, he looked after her in consternation.
The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan

“Only the first round ended, looks like, bandy,” Dud said genially.
The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine

Life, Mrs. Carroway, is no joke to bandy back, but trouble to be shared.
Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore

bandy Walker pushed to the front, jerking a forty-five from its scabbard.
The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine

They all have the bandy leg, but the Dutch foot is sometimes used instead of the ball-and-claw.
The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore

I have not come to bandy pleasant speeches, or hollow professions.
Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens

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

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).


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