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bandy

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Old Provençal bandir (to throw). Cognate with banter.

VerbEdit

bandy (third-person singular simple present bandies, present participle bandying, simple past and past participle bandied).

  1. To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
    to bandy words (with somebody)
  2. To use or pass about casually.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 4, Well Tackled![1]:
      Technical terms like ferrite, perlite, graphite, and hardenite were bandied to and fro, and when Paget glibly brought out such a rare exotic as ferro-molybdenum, Benson forgot that he was a master ship-builder, […]
    to have one's name bandied about (or around)
    • I. Watts
      Let not obvious and known truth be bandied about in a disputation.
  3. To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      For as whipp'd tops and bandied balls, / The learned hold, are animals; / So horses they affirm to be / Mere engines made by geometry []
    • Cudworth
      like tennis balls bandied and struck upon us [] by rackets from without
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Scots bandy

AdjectiveEdit

bandy (not comparable)

  1. Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy legged.
    • 1794, William Blake, The Little Vagabond, third stanza
      Then the Parson might preach, and drink, and sing, / And we’d be as happy as birds in the spring; / And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church, / Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

Possibly from the Welsh word bando most likely derived from the Proto-Germanic *bandją (a curved stick).

NounEdit

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bandy (uncountable)

  1. (sports) A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey developed.
  2. A club bent at the lower part for striking a ball at play; a hockey stick.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Telugu

NounEdit

bandy (plural bandies)

  1. A carriage or cart used in India, especially one drawn by bullocks.

ScotsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

bandy (not comparable)

  1. Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy legged.

NounEdit

bandy (plural bandies)

  1. A minnow; a stickleback.

Alternative formsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Dictionary of the Scots Language, Scottish Language Dictionaries, Edinburgh [2]