from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.
- transitive v. To display ostentatiously. See Synonyms at flourish.
- n. A menacing or defiant wave or flourish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.
- v. To bear something with ostentatious show.
- n. The act of flourishing or waving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish.
- transitive v. To play with; to flourish.
- n. A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions; shake or flourish about: as, to brandish a sword or a cane.
- Figuratively, to play with; flourish: as, “to brandish syllogisms,”
- To move with a flourish; toss.
- n. A shake or flourish, as of a weapon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move or swing back and forth
- n. the act of waving
- v. exhibit aggressively
Middle English brandissen, from Old French brandir, brandiss-, from brand, sword, of Germanic origin; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir ("to flourish a sword") (see brand). (Wiktionary)