ban·​dy | \ ˈban-dē How to pronounce bandy (audio) \
bandied; bandying

Definition of bandy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to discuss lightly or banteringly Names of potential running mates have been bandied about.
b : exchange bandy compliments especially : to exchange (words) argumentatively
c : 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.
d : to use in a glib or offhand manner often used with aboutbandy these statistics about with considerable bravado— Richard Pollak
2 : to bat (something, such as a tennis ball) to and fro
3 archaic : to band together

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : contend
2 archaic : unite



Definition of bandy (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Definition of bandy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 of legs : bowed
2 : bowlegged … stood beyond the bandy table …— Dylan Thomas

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Other Words from bandy


bandy-legged \ ˈban-​dē-​ˌlegd How to pronounce bandy-legged (audio) ; ˌban-​dē-​ˈle-​gəd , -​ˈlā-​ \ adjective

Examples of bandy in a Sentence

Verb bandied around the idea of going out to dinner for their anniversary
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Packages of anywhere from $500 billion to $1 trillion have been bandied about, with Democrats predicting massive cuts to payroll and services if the money is not forthcoming. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "State budget hits due to coronavirus are trickling in and it's not pretty," 13 May 2020 The hypothetical Planet 9 has been bandied about for several years, first mentioned in 2014, but researchers have yet to find it. Fox News, "Mysterious Planet 9 could be found using futuristic spacecraft, theoretical physicist suggests," 9 May 2020 That’s one reason why proposals more radical than anything on the Fed’s own radar have been bandied about with growing urgency by monetary policy wonks. Matthew Boesler,, "The Fed’s Future Is Already Here as U.S. Joins Zero-Rate World," 5 May 2020 These were all names bandied about in reports forecasting the inevitable trade. Globe Staff,, "The return for Mookie Betts seems stunningly low," 5 Feb. 2020 Anecdotally, all kinds of cost-saving measures are being bandied about in athletic departments across the country. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Expanding College Football Playoff could be how programs find needed money," 11 Apr. 2020 And then in terms of the vaccine, people have bandied around numbers like a year to 18 months away. Wired Staff, Wired, "We Are in the Midst of This Coronavirus Outbreak—Now What?," 5 Apr. 2020 When Nagy found out Trubisky’s hip injury will be bandied about. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams," 18 Nov. 2019 Now picture all of this happening every day, for up to 4½ months, which is one plan reportedly being discussed by Major League Baseball, and similar to one reportedly bandied about by the NBA, possibly taking place in Las Vegas. Mike Finger,, "For sports leagues, ‘bubble’ solution isn’t so simple," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So naturally, Duchess Kate, who played field hockey while attending school, had to give the sport a try during her first official visit to Sweden, picking up bandy sticks during a stop in Stockholm with Prince William on Tuesday. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Duchess Kate plays 'bandy hockey' in Sweden," 30 Jan. 2018 The flask was brought in a bandy portfolj, a briefcase that traditionally contains a flask of warm wine or coffee laced with alcohol. Simon Perry,, "Pregnant Kate Middleton Boldly Hits the Ice as She Rounds Her Third Trimester," 30 Jan. 2018 During their royal tour of Sweden, the couple stopped by an ice rink to learn more about bandy hockey (the Swedish sport is like traditional hockey, but played with a curved stick and a ball). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Challenges Prince William to a Swedish Hockey Shoot-Out," 30 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On the first day of their official visit to Sweden, Prince William and Kate Middleton met up with their hosts (and Swedish counterparts!), Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel after a morning spent watching (and playing a bit of) bandy hockey. Simon Perry,, "Future Queens! Kate Middleton Twins in Faux Fur with Her Swedish Counterpart, Princess Victoria," 30 Jan. 2018 Just turn to Kate Middleton and Prince William, who were photographed playing a little bandy hockey on Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Just 15 Delightful Photos of a Pregnant Kate Middleton Playing Hockey in Sweden," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bandy


1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


1673, in the meaning defined above


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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, band entry 1"

Note: 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 Middle French bandé or bandée, but no such word is attested.


earlier, "a variety of tennis," probably noun derivative of bandy entry 1

Note: See note at bandy entry 1.


perhaps from bandy "curved stick used in the game of bandy," apparently a sense of bandy entry 2

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8 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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ban·​dy | \ ˈban-dē How to pronounce bandy (audio) \

Medical Definition of bandy

1 of legs : bowed outward at or below the knee

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