[ 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

bran·dish·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brandish


/ (ˈbrændɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way


a threatening or defiant flourish

Derived Forms

brandisher, noun

Word Origin for brandish

C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon
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