I. verb — [with obj.] (usu. be bandied about/around) 1. pass on or discuss (an idea or rumour) in a casual or uninformed way • £40,000 is the figure that has been bandied about.
II. phrases bandy words argue pointlessly or rudely • I’m not going to bandy words with you.
– origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘pass a ball to and fro’): perhaps from French bander ‘take sides at tennis’, from bande ‘band, crowd’ (see band2).