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 anger, threat or 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
brandish (plural brandishes)
- The act of flourishing or waving.