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[bran-dish] /ˈbræn dɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish:
Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
Origin of brandish
1275-1325; Middle English bra(u)ndisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French brandiss- (long stem of brandir, derivative of brand sword < Gmc). See brand, -ish2
Related forms
brandisher, noun
1. swing, flaunt, wield, display. Unabridged
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  • No, he could not brandish it, he could not so much as even lift it.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • Why brandish in that hand of thine a javelin of pointed steel?

  • When he began to dance and to brandish the silver sword, everybody applauded.

  • What is your stick good for that you brandish it so proudly?

  • Suddenly he was startled by seeing his mother snatch a stump of a fire-shovel from the hearth and brandish it over his head.

    All He Knew John Habberton
  • This the ape at once laid hold of, and began to brandish like a hammer.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for brandish


verb (transitive)
to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
a threatening or defiant flourish
Derived Forms
brandisher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon
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Word Origin and History for brandish

mid-14c., from Old French brandiss-, present participle stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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