brandish


1bran·dish

verb \ˈbran-dish\

: to wave or swing (something, such as a weapon) in a threatening or excited manner

Full Definition of BRANDISH

transitive verb
1
:  to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly
2
:  to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner

Examples of BRANDISH

  1. She brandished a stick at the dog.
  2. I could see that he was brandishing a knife.

Origin of BRANDISH

Middle English braundisshen, from Anglo-French brandiss-, stem of brandir, from brant, braund sword, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brand
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BRANDISH

2brandish

noun

Definition of BRANDISH

:  an act or instance of brandishing

First Known Use of BRANDISH

1599

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