Definition of bandy
1 : to bat (something, such as a tennis ball) to and fro
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
3 archaic : to band together
1 obsolete : contend
2 archaic : unite
Examples of bandy in a Sentence
bandied around the idea of going out to dinner for their anniversary
Recent Examples of bandy from the Web
The idea of the all-electric supercar was bandied about for years before finally entering production for the 2016 model year only to be canceled almost immediately.
Several names were bandied about, and in truth, many of them did wind up signing with Oregon - Deommodore Lenoir, Bruce Judson Jr., Daewood Davis, Demetri Burch and Billy Gibson.
Figures as high as $250 million and as low as $25 million, or perhaps zero, were bandied about.
At the same time, however, the agency is currently operating under a continuing resolution, as its budget is bandied about in Congress.
Names like Ted Olson and Paul Clement, two former Solicitors General, are being bandied about.
Following his arrest, Noriega was bandied about between prisons in the United States, France, and Panama.
The other name bandied around is Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011, but has since fallen out of favor with Washington and Cleveland.
The press, and particularly the alt-press, have been bandying names about, including Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and David Laufman, chief of counterintelligence at the Department of Justice, but nobody really knows for sure.
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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, 1band” ◆The 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: 1577See Words from the same year
Definition of bandy
sports : a game similar to hockey and believed to be its prototype
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