verb bran·dish \ˈbran-dish\

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

Full Definition of BRANDISH

transitive verb
:  to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly
:  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

Synonym Discussion of BRANDISH

swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement <swing the rope back and forth>. wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion <waving the flag>. flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement <flourished the winning lottery ticket>. brandish implies threatening or menacing motion <brandishing a knife>. thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement <an infant thrashing his arms about>.

swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side <the door suddenly swung open>. sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement <trees swaying in the breeze>. oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction <an oscillating fan>. vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact <the vibrating strings of a piano>. fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value <fluctuating interest rates>. waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering <the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing>. undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion <an undulating sea of grass>.

Rhymes with BRANDISH



Definition of BRANDISH

:  an act or instance of brandishing

First Known Use of BRANDISH

BRANDISH Defined for Kids


verb bran·dish \ˈbran-dish\

Definition of BRANDISH for Kids

:  to wave or shake in a threatening manner


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