From Anglo-Norman turnei, from Old French tornei (tournament), from tornoier (to joust, tilt)


tourney (plural tourneys or tournies)

  1. Tournament.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      By a knight of ghostes & shadowes,
      I sumon’d am to Tourney.
      ten leagues beyond the wide worlds end
      mee thinke it is noe iourney.
    • 1793, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christabel
      And let the recreant traitors seek
      My tourney court.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Marriage of Geraint
      We hold a tourney here tomorrow morn, / And there is scantly time for half the work.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIV:
      Kipper stood blinking, as I had sometimes seen him do at the boxing tourneys in which he indulged when in receipt of a shrewd buffet on some tender spot like the tip of the nose.


tourney (third-person singular simple present tourneys, present participle tourneying, simple past and past participle tourneyed)

  1. (archaic) To take part in a tournament.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
      Here indeed, perhaps, by rule of antagonisms, may be the place to mention that, after King Richard’s return, there was a liberty of tourneying given to the fighting men of England […]