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bandy

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verb ban·dy \ˈban-dē\

Definition of bandy

bandied

;

bandying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bat (as a tennis ball) to and fro

  3. 2a :  to toss from side to side or pass about from one to another often in a careless or inappropriate manner <A gun is not a toy to be bandied about.>b :  exchange <bandy compliments>; especially :  to exchange (words) argumentativelyc :  to discuss lightly or banteringly <Names of potential running mates have been bandied about.>d :  to use in a glib or offhand manner —often used with about <bandy these statistics about with considerable bravado — Richard Pollak>

  4. 3 archaic :  to band together

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 obsolete :  contend

  7. 2 archaic :  unite

Examples of bandy in a sentence

  1. <bandied around the idea of going out to dinner for their anniversary>

Origin and Etymology of bandy

probably borrowed from the base of French bander “to strike (a ball with a racket), stretch or draw back (a bow, spring, etc.),” going back to Old French, “to stretch, wrap with bandages,” verbal derivative of bande “strip, 1bandThe origin of the suffix -y, -ie is unclear. The noun bandie referring to a variation of tennis is of the same date and suggests a putative Medieval French bandé or bandée, but no such word is attested.


First Known Use: 1577


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bandy

noun ban·dy

Definition of bandy

  1. sports :  a game similar to hockey and believed to be its prototype

Origin and Etymology of bandy

earlier, “a variety of tennis,” probably noun derivative of 1bandy See note at 1bandy.


First Known Use: 1673

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bandy

adjective ban·dy

Definition of bandy

  1. 1 of legs :  bowed

  2. 2 :  bowlegged < … stood beyond the bandy table … — Dylan Thomas>

bandy–legged

play \ˈban-dē-ˌlegd; ˌban-dē-ˈle-gəd, -ˈlā-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of bandy

perhaps from bandy “curved stick used in the game of bandy,” apparently a sense of 2bandy


First Known Use: 1681


Medical Dictionary

bandy

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adjective ban·dy \ˈban-dē\

Medical Definition of bandy

  1. 1of legs :  bowed outward at or below the knee

  2. 2:  bowlegged




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