verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flourish
Synonyms for flourish
Antonyms for flourish
Related Words for flourishtwist, embellishment, ornamentation, quirk, develop, blossom, multiply, succeed, boom, expand, bloom, thrive, plume, spiral, sweep, curl, garnish, furbelow, flower, augment
Examples from the Web for flourish
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 11, 2014
This fact was revealed with a flourish during a Life Lesson on the importance of discretion, which is a story for another day.Quality Bud, but Like, Whoa, The Prices
Kelly Williams Brown
July 26, 2014
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
May 15, 2014
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?
May 15, 2014
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”
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of flourish
Emma finished the sleeve of the blouse she was mending with a flourish.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
With a flourish Katy seated him, and carried the packages to Linda.Her Father's Daughter
And the stranger, with a flourish of his hand, turned to the door.Night and Morning, Complete
Not of late years,' replied the Chief, with a flourish of his hand.
When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam's feet.
- 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.