Origin of brandishMiddle English brandischen from extended stem of Old French brandir from Germanic an unverified form brand: see brand
- The definition of a brandish is a menacing wave of something, particularly a weapon.
An example of a brandish is the waving of a gun in the air.
- Brandish means to shake or wave something in a menacing way, particularly a weapon.
An example of to brandish is to twirl a sword around in the air.
transitive verbbran·dished, bran·dish·ing, bran·dish·es
Origin of brandishMiddle English brandissen from Old French brandir brandiss- from brand sword of Germanic origin ; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present brandishes, present participle brandishing, simple past and past participle brandished)
- The act of flourishing or waving.
First attested in 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir (“to flourish a sword”) (see brand).