verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- flour beetle,
- flour mill,
- flour mite,
- flour moth,
- flow breccia
Origin of flourish
Examples from the Web for flourish
Her father gazes back at her happily, tips his hat, and bows with a flourish.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This fact was revealed with a flourish during a Life Lesson on the importance of discretion, which is a story for another day.
Pretending and imaginative play also flourish, and imaginary friends are common companions to young schoolchildren.Diagnosing Jane, Louis C.K.’s Troubled Daughter on ‘Louie’ Who Can’t Separate Dreams From Reality|Russell Saunders|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2006, he left LA with a flourish when the Tribune Co. demanded severe cuts in the newsroom and Baquet refused to make them.Jill Abramson Fired from the Times: Was It About Money and Sexism—Or Management Style?|Lloyd Grove|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite starting with a flourish, that site has gone quiet in recent days as it undergoes a reorganization.Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer: Snowden Hails Victory for “More Accountable Democracy”|David Freedlander|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he began to flourish it over his head, and to press nearer and nearer.The Gold Thread|Norman MacLeod
London, Pennsylvania, did not flourish as its founders had expected.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
He tossed off a thimbleful of the purple wine with a flourish.Chance in Chains|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
If he can flourish a whip like a true ringmaster in the circus, the interest of the game will be enhanced.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium|Jessie H. Bancroft
But it is a noticeable fact that much that is imported or grows in Australia, seems to flourish too freely.Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water|Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
- the state of flourishing
- the state of flowering
Word Origin for flourish
c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.
c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.