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.
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.
To wave or flourish (something, often a weapon) in a menacing, defiant, or excited way.
A menacing, defiant, or excited wave or flourish of something.
To wave, shake, or exhibit in a menacing, challenging, or exultant way; flourish.
The act of brandishing something.
The act of flourishing or waving.
Origin of brandish
- Middle English brandissen from Old French brandir brandiss- from brand sword of Germanic origin gwher- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested in 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir (“to flourish a sword”) (see brand).