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From French bander (“to bandy at tennis”), with -y, -ie added due to influence from Spanish and Portuguese bandear and or Old Occitan bandir (“to throw”), from the same root as English band. Compare also with banter.
- (transitive) To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
- (transitive) To use or pass about casually.
- (transitive) To throw or strike reciprocally, like balls in sports.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To fight (with or against someone).
From Scots bandy
Probably from the verb bandy in the sense "toss/bat back and forth", or possibly from the Welsh word bando, most likely derived from the Proto-Germanic *bandj? (“a curved stick”).
- (sports) A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey developed.
- A club bent at the lower part for striking a ball at play; a hockey stick.
bandy (plural bandies)