from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To toss or throw back and forth.
- transitive v. To hit (a ball, for example) back and forth.
- transitive v. To give and receive (words, for example); exchange: The old friends bandied compliments when they met.
- transitive v. To discuss in a casual or frivolous manner: bandy an idea about.
- adj. Bowed or bent in an outward curve: bandy legs.
- n. Sports A game resembling field hockey but played on ice by skaters.
- n. Sports A stick, bent at one end, used in playing this game.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
- v. To use or pass about casually.
- v. To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
- adj. Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy legged.
- n. A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey has developed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A carriage or cart used in India, esp. one drawn by bullocks.
- n. A club bent at the lower part for striking a ball at play; a hockey stick.
- n. The game played with such a club; hockey; shinney; bandy ball.
- transitive v. To beat to and fro, as a ball in playing at bandy.
- transitive v. To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
- transitive v. To toss about, as from person to person; to circulate freely in a light manner; -- of ideas, facts, rumors, etc.
- intransitive v. To contend, as at some game in which each strives to drive the ball his own way.
- adj. Bent; crooked; curved laterally, esp. with the convex side outward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw or strike to and fro, or from side to side, as a ball in play.
- To toss aside; drive or send off.
- To toss about, as from man to man; pass from one to another, or back and forth.
- To give and take; exchange, especially contentiously: as, to bandy compliments; to bandy words, reproaches, etc.
- To discuss; debate.
- To band together; league: chiefly reflexive.
- To bound, as a ball that is struck.
- To form a band or league.
- To contend; strive, whether in emulation or in enmity.
- n. A particular manner of playing tennis, the nature of which is not now known.
- n. A stroke with a racket, or a ball so struck; a return at tennis.
- n. A game played with a bent club, better known as hockey, and, in the United States, shinny (which see).
- n. A club bent at the end, used in the game of hockey or bandy-ball; a shinny or shinty.
- Having a bend or crook outward: said of a person's legs: as, his legs are quite bandy.
- Limp; without sufficient substance: said of bad cloth.
- Marked with bands or stripes.
- n. A kind of cart or buggy much used in India. See extracts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. discuss lightly
- adj. have legs that curve outward at the knees
- v. exchange blows
- v. toss or strike a ball back and forth
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French, from bander. Cognate with banter. (Wiktionary)
From Scots bandy (Wiktionary)
Possibly from the Welsh word bando most likely derived from the Proto-Germanic *bandja (“a curved stick”). (Wiktionary)