adjective (bandier, bandiest)(also bandy-legged)
- 1(Of a person’s legs) curved outwards so that the knees are wide apart: she had bent, slightly bandy legsMore example sentences
- 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(Of a person) having bandy legs: he was short, bandy, and obeseMore example sentences
- 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'.
verb (bandies, bandying, bandied)[with object] (usually be bandied about/around)
- Pass on or discuss (an idea or rumour) in a casual or uninformed way: £40,000 is the figure that has been bandied aboutMore 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.
- Argue pointlessly or rudely: I’m not going to bandy words with youMore 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 16th century (in the sense 'pass a ball to and fro'): perhaps from French bander 'take sides at tennis', from bande 'band, crowd' (see band2).
late 17th century: perhaps from bandy2.