From Middle English braundishen, from Old French brandiss-, stem of brandir (“to flourish a sword”), from Frankish *brandijan, from Frankish *brand (“firebrand; sword”), from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (“fire; flame; sword”). Cognate with Old English brand (“firebrand; torch”). See brand.
- (transitive) To move or swing (a weapon) back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.
- He brandished his sword at the pirates.
- the quivering lance which he brandished bright
- (transitive) To bear something with ostentatious show.
- to brandish syllogisms
- 2011, Jejomar C. Binay, Binay: Blame corruption on modern consumerism, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, :
- 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
brandish (plural brandishes)
- The act of flourishing or waving.