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Bandy is a sport, played with curved sticks. Common in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
Played on ice. Lots of slapping about of the ball, to-and-fro.
Seems like a plausible connection…
Rob: It does seem likely there’s a connection. But whether the modern uses of the word come from that game, or from another game, or whether the game was named after an older use of the word, is another matter. The Online Etymology Dictionary cites an Irish ball game called ‘bandy’ from the late 17thC that was played with a curved stick, but notes that the stick was also called a bandy, from the early 17thC, and that this came from the verb.