adjective (bandier, bandiest)
1(Of a person’s legs) curved so as to be wide apart at the knees.
- Back then, the pale, scrawny 14-year-old with bandy legs and crooked teeth was as far removed from the healthy, sporty look epitomised by Cindy Crawford and Elle MacPherson as you could get.
- His hips and his bandy legs, which seem unusually long from knee to ankle, move with a stiffness which suggests that his joints are about to seize up.
- He's a skinny little hillbilly Jesus with bandy legs and close-set eyes and a clever, foxy face.
1.1 (often bandy-legged) (Of a person) having legs that are curved so as to be wide apart at the knees; bowlegged.
- But come showtime it'll be buzzing and Sylla, as he ambles towards me on the pitchside track, cuts an impressive (if slightly bandy - legged) figure.
- I'm all stiff and bandy legged, like a pensioner.
- With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.
Late 17th century: perhaps from obsolete bandy 'curved stick used in hockey'.
Words that rhyme with bandyAndy, brandy, candy, dandy, Gandhi, glissandi, handy, jim-dandy, Kandy, Mandy, modus operandi, Nandi, randy, Río Grande, sandhi, sandy, sforzandi, shandy
verb (bandies, bandying, bandied)[with object] (usually be bandied about/around)
Pass on or discuss (an idea or rumor) in a casual or uninformed way: $40,000 is the figure that has been bandied about
More example sentences
- Such ideas have been bandied about for decades, even before the first oil boom of the 1970s.
- Internet broadcasting was one of the big ideas bandied around during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s.
- National's Maori member has earned the opportunity to at least be associated with the rumours that are being bandied around this House in relation to the leadership change.
bandy words with
- Argue pointlessly or rudely: don’t bandy words with me, Sir!More example sentences
- Do not bandy words in your insolence with the Mouth of Sauron!
- Tired of bandying words with this charlatan, I allow my fury to seep into my eyes.
- Unable to bandy words any longer, he took the phone away from his ear and hit the ‘end’ button, then placed the phone carefully back in its cradle on the desk.
Late 17th century: perhaps from bandy2.
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