verb (used with object)
Origin of brandish
Examples from the Web for brandish
Those who do nothing to end the slaughter are as complicit as those who brandish their weapons.
It does not give you license to brandish a gun and wave it around.
Both Cameron and Sarkozy will now brandish their cojones, claiming to have had “a good war.”
I shudder when I see them brandish their knives in act to carve, and look on them as savages that devour one another.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
I said as much to Mr. Brandish, and he answered that he thought it was likely enough, and that that sort of thing was often done.Pomona's Travels|Frank R. Stockton
You ask me "why I do not brandish my tomahawk and, like Walt Whitman, raise my barbaric yawp over the roofs of all the houses."Notes of a Son and Brother|Henry James
Except you will be converted, he will brandish his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
They brandish their sticks, run and yell, dart to and fro, like young Indians.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for brandish
Word Origin for brandish
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.