brandish

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir (to flourish a sword) (see brand).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

brandish (third-person singular simple present brandishes, present participle brandishing, simple past and past participle brandished)

  1. (transitive) To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.
    He brandished his sword at the pirates.
    • Drake
      the quivering lance which he brandished bright
  2. (transitive) To bear something with ostentatious show.
    to brandish syllogisms
    • 2011, Jejomar C. Binay, Binay: Blame corruption on modern consumerism, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, [1]:
      It sets the stage for cutting corners in our principles just so we can brandish a perceived badge of stature.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 2
      Long, however, the young spark did not remain before giving it two or three shakes, by way of brandishing it

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

brandish (plural brandishes)

  1. The act of flourishing or waving.

Synonyms[edit]