Word of the Day October 6, 2022 [archive]

Learn a new word every day with the 'Word of the Day' service from Rhymes.com which provides unpretentious words that are insightful, persuasive and always FREE!

Your feedback is important — here's how we are doing today:  50%    50%    #18 votes

Today's word: brandishˈbræn dɪʃbran·dish

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word brandish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flourish, brandish(verb)

    the act of waving

  2. brandish, flourish, wave(verb)

    move or swing back and forth

    "She waved her gun"

  3. brandish(verb)

    exhibit aggressively

    "brandish a sword"


  1. brandish(Noun)

    The act of flourishing or waving.

  2. brandish(Verb)

    To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

    He brandished his sword at the pirates.

  3. brandish(Verb)

    To bear something with ostentatious show.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Brandish(v.a.)

    Brave Macbeth,
    Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,
    Like valour’s minion, carved out his passage. William Shakespeare.

    He said, and brandishing at once his blade,
    With eager pace pursu’d the flaming shade. Dryden.

    Let me march their leader, not their prince;
    And, at the head of your renown’d Cydonians,
    Brandish this fam’d sword. Edmund Smith, Phædr. and Hippol.

    He, who shall employ all the force of his reason, only in brandishing of syllogisms, will discover very little. John Locke.

  2. Origin: from brand, a sword.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brandish(noun)

    to move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish

  2. Brandish(noun)

    to play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms

  3. Brandish(noun)

    a flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc


  1. Brandish

    Brandish is a dungeon crawler and top-down view action RPG and adventure hybrid series developed by Nihon Falcom. Originally released in 1991 for the NEC PC-9801 and FM Towns home computers, it was later released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and TurboGrafx-16. The best known version in non-Japanese markets is the SNES port, which is the only English language version of the game. It was published by Koei, released in 1994 in Japan and a few months later in North America. Brandish was an early attempt at using fairly sophisticated mouse controls in a real-time overhead action RPG, where the player could move forward, backward, turn, strafe and attack by clicking on boxes surrounding the player character. A sequel, titled Brandish 2: The Planet Buster, was also released in 1995. The series up to Brandish VT continued in the Japanese market up until 1998.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brandish

    brand′ish, v.t. to wave or flourish as a brand or weapon.—n. a waving or flourish. [Fr. brandissantbrandir, from root of Brand.]

Matched Categories

How to pronounce brandish?

How to say brandish in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brandish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brandish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of brandish in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Chunxian:

    Xinjiang's anti-terrorism fight has entered a phase that is more complicated and more intense than in the past, we must take the initiative to brandish the sword, take the offensive and comprehensively attack.

  2. Darren Urquhart:

    The idea came from witnessing some bad habits that school kids have picked up from the increased coverage of global football, we've seen kids brandish imaginary red cards towards the referee in an attempt to get an opposition player sent off. And also blatantly diving to win penalties.

  3. Yang Jiechi:

    I’m not going to sit here publicly and brandish threats, but what I will tell you is we are communicating directly and privately to Beijing that there absolutely will be consequences.

  4. Zhang Chunxian:

    We must take the initiative to brandish the sword, take the offensive and comprehensively attack.

  5. Monica Klein:

    This is a man who used his bully pulpit and the office of the governor to build and brandish his public image daily. Now, he can't rely on the constant coverage he once earned as the top state official, there is no beat for' former governor angrily tweeting from Westchester.'.

Translations for brandish

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for brandish »

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these brandish definitions with the community:


    Browse Rhymes.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant rhymes for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant rhymes for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!