From Anglo-Norman turnei, from Old French tornei (“tournament”), from tornoier (“to joust, tilt”)
tourney (plural tourneys or tournies)
- 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)
- (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 […]