Definition of brandish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrandɪʃ/


[with object]
Wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement: a man leaped out brandishing a knife
More example sentences
  • This was soon displaced by another stereotype, a bearded guerilla fighter brandishing an automatic weapon.
  • The shopkeeper was assaulted when four youths entered his shop brandishing the weapons and stole a sum of money.
  • Since when did citizens brandishing weapons have the right to pull over other citizens?
flourish, wave, shake, wield, raise, hold aloft;
swing, twirl, wag, swish, flap;
display, flaunt, show off



Example sentences
  • Those elements are presentationally dangerous for brandishers of sincerity, and so are censored out.
  • Unlike axe brandishers, slaughterers are deeply respected and admired by the other warriors of their tribe.
  • The gun brandisher was possibly a passenger in a vehicle that had left the scene.


Middle English: from Old French brandiss-, lengthened stem of brandir; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to brand.

Words that rhyme with brandish

blandish, outlandish, Standish

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bran|dish

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