a stroke on the palm of the hand with a strap or cane, as a punishment
Origin of pandyClassical Latin pande, open (your hand), imperative of pandere, to extend ; from Indo-European an unverified form pand-, variant, variety of base an unverified form pet-, to stretch out from source fathom
to punish by such a stroke or strokes
transitive verbpan·died, pan·dy·ing, pan·dies
Chiefly British To strike on the open palm of the hand with a cane or strap for punishment at school.
Origin of pandyProbably from Latin pandē, imperative sg. of pandēre, to spread out, open (the palm); see pet&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A fulling mill.
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