Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Golf and hockey are also played, and "bandy" -- _i. e._, hockey on the ice -- is a favourite winter sport.

    Denmark

  • There is a kind of exercise that they have among them much like that which boys call bandy in English. 135 Likewise, they have the exercise of football. 136 In this they only use the foot forcibly to carry the ball from the one to the other.

    Colonial Children

  • Highlanders called him, Gow Chrom, that is, the bandy-legged smith --- fought well, and contributed greatly to the fate of the battle, without knowing which side he fought on; --- so, ` ` To fight for your own hand, like

    Rob Roy

  • Highlanders called him, _Gow Chrom, _ that is, the bandy-legged smith -- fought well, and contributed greatly to the fate of the battle, without knowing which side he fought on; -- so, "To fight for your own hand, like Henry Wynd," passed into a proverb.

    Rob Roy — Complete

  • The name "bandy" is sometimes applied also to shinney or shinty and in

    Outdoor Sports and Games

  • Here they have "bandy" matches, ski-ing, and tobogganing, as well as other winter games.

    Denmark

  • Chrom, that is, the bandy-legged smith — fought well, and contributed greatly to the fate of the battle, without knowing which side he fought on; — so, “To fight for your own hand, like Henry

    Rob Roy

  • And his legs are what his regiment call bandy, oh! "

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 1

  • Wynd -- or, as the Highlanders called him, _Gow Chrom_, that is, the bandy-legged smith -- fought well, and contributed greatly to the fate of the battle, without knowing which side he fought on; -- so, 'To fight for your ain hand, like Henry Wynd,' passed into a proverb. "

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • "bandy" as it is called in England has been modified in this country by substituting a flat piece of rubber weighing a pound called a

    Outdoor Sports and Games

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  • A carriage or cart used in India and Sri Lanka, especially one drawn by bullocks.

    October 22, 2008