brandish


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

bran·dish

 (brăn′dĭsh)
tr.v. bran·dished, bran·dish·ing, bran·dish·es
To wave or flourish (something, often a weapon) in a menacing, defiant, or excited way. See Synonyms at flourish.
n.
A menacing, defiant, or excited wave or flourish of something.

[Middle English brandissen, from Old French brandir, brandiss-, from brand, sword, of Germanic origin; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.]

bran′dish·er n.

brandish

(ˈbrændɪʃ)
vb (tr)
to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
n
a threatening or defiant flourish
[C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon]
ˈbrandisher n

bran•dish

(ˈbræn dɪʃ)
v.t.
1. to shake, wave, or display, esp. threateningly or ostentatiously, as a weapon; flourish.
n.
2. a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
[1275–1325; Middle English bra(u)ndisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French brandiss-. See brand, -ish2]
bran′dish•er, n.

brandish


Past participle: brandished
Gerund: brandishing

Imperative
brandish
brandish
Present
I brandish
you brandish
he/she/it brandishes
we brandish
you brandish
they brandish
Preterite
I brandished
you brandished
he/she/it brandished
we brandished
you brandished
they brandished
Present Continuous
I am brandishing
you are brandishing
he/she/it is brandishing
we are brandishing
you are brandishing
they are brandishing
Present Perfect
I have brandished
you have brandished
he/she/it has brandished
we have brandished
you have brandished
they have brandished
Past Continuous
I was brandishing
you were brandishing
he/she/it was brandishing
we were brandishing
you were brandishing
they were brandishing
Past Perfect
I had brandished
you had brandished
he/she/it had brandished
we had brandished
you had brandished
they had brandished
Future
I will brandish
you will brandish
he/she/it will brandish
we will brandish
you will brandish
they will brandish
Future Perfect
I will have brandished
you will have brandished
he/she/it will have brandished
we will have brandished
you will have brandished
they will have brandished
Future Continuous
I will be brandishing
you will be brandishing
he/she/it will be brandishing
we will be brandishing
you will be brandishing
they will be brandishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been brandishing
you have been brandishing
he/she/it has been brandishing
we have been brandishing
you have been brandishing
they have been brandishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been brandishing
you will have been brandishing
he/she/it will have been brandishing
we will have been brandishing
you will have been brandishing
they will have been brandishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been brandishing
you had been brandishing
he/she/it had been brandishing
we had been brandishing
you had been brandishing
they had been brandishing
Conditional
I would brandish
you would brandish
he/she/it would brandish
we would brandish
you would brandish
they would brandish
Past Conditional
I would have brandished
you would have brandished
he/she/it would have brandished
we would have brandished
you would have brandished
they would have brandished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brandish - the act of waving
wafture, waving, wave - the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
Verb1.brandish - move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun"
wigwag - send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
2.brandish - exhibit aggressively; "brandish a sword"
display, exhibit, expose - to show, make visible or apparent; "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

brandish

verb wave, raise, display, shake, swing, exhibit, flourish, wield, flaunt He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.

brandish

verb
1. To wield boldly and dramatically:
2. To make a public and usually ostentatious show of:
Translations
يلوّح مهددا
mávat
svinge
forgat
bregîa, sveifla
mojuotišvytuoti
draudīgi vicināt
oháňať sa

brandish

[ˈbrændɪʃ] VT [+ weapon] → blandir

brandish

[ˈbrændɪʃ] vtbrandirbrand leader nleader m du marchébrand loyalty n (MARKETING)loyauté f à la marquebrand name nmarque f (de fabrique)brand-new [ˌbrændˈnjuː] adjtout(e) neuf(neuve)fflambant neuf(neuve)

brandish

vtschwingen, fuchteln mit (inf)

brandish

[ˈbrændɪʃ] vtbrandire

brandish

(ˈbrӕndiʃ) verb
to wave (especially a weapon) about. He brandished the stick above his head.
References in classic literature ?
Wildfang brandished his cudgel, and struck a heavy blow with it on one of the turf mounds near them.
If, I say, while these sacred rites, which are in common to genus omne animantium, are in agitation between the stag and his mistress, any hostile beasts should venture too near, on the first hint given by the frighted hind, fierce and tremendous rushes forth the stag to the entrance of the thicket; there stands he centinel over his love, stamps the ground with his foot, and with his horns brandished aloft in air, proudly provokes the apprehended foe to combat.
On his shoulders he bore the skin of a panther, his bow, and his sword, and he brandished two spears shod with bronze as a challenge to the bravest of the Achaeans to meet him in single fight.
He sang an ancient song of Killisnook and brandished his whip like a baton.
The impact of the blow drove her backward, but she struck the wall of her on-coming fellows and bounced forward again, dazed and helpless, the brandished hatchet falling feebly on Hartman's shoulder.
The game in question is "Brandish: The Dark Revenant" by publisher XSEED Games and will be sold for $20.
ARMED police arrested a man suspected of giving a machine gun to children after he appeared to brandish the weapon at a Midland school playground.
CLUB pride is at stake on Tuesday night in the third round of the Brandish Cup as the two Walsgrave teams do battle at the Standard green.
The smaller panels that accompany certain works are much more akin to the passionate and violent activities catalogued by Dante; they hum with a busy damnation that Hieronymus Bosch and Sandow Birk would appreciate: Skeletons are piled in heaps; warring tribes brandish sticks and gloat over dead animals; bodies hang from trees.
His "historical" tour de force was a yellowed newspaper clipping he kept in his Bible History, which he would brandish every year when we got to the story of Jonah and the whale.
Two victims of Michelle Brandish were in their 90s.
Coventry Copsewood (back, from left) Rob Brandish (assistant manager), Andy Tollet (manager); (middle) Joseph Mills, Owen Hart, Kane Baldwin, Joseph Barnacle, Theo Carter, Jack Whitaker; (front) Thomas McCloskey, Callum Tollett, Kieran Connolly, Nicholas Brandish, Liam Baker (captain), Kallum Hand.