pan·​dy ˈpan-dē How to pronounce pandy (audio)
pandied; pandying

transitive verb

: to punish (a schoolboy) with a blow on the palm of the hand especially with a ferule

Word History


probably from Latin pande, imperative singular of pandere to spread out (the hand), command of the schoolmaster to the boy — more at fathom

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pandy was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

“Pandy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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