BRAND'ISH, v.t. 1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise, and move in various directions; to shake or flourish; as, to brandish a sword or a cane. It often indicates threatening. 2. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.
I. transitive verbEtymology: Middle English braundisshen, from Anglo-French brandiss-, stem of brandir, from brant, braund sword, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brandDate: 14th century 1. to shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly 2. to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner Synonyms:seeswingII. nounDate: 1599 an act or instance of brandishing
Brandish Bran"dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brandished; p. pr. & vb. n. Brandishing.] [OE. braundisen, F. brandir, fr. brand a sword, fr. OHG. brant brand. See Brand, n.] 1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish. The quivering lance which he brandished bright. --Drake. 2. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.