brandisher

brandish

[bran-dish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
noun
2.
a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English bra(u)ndisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French brandiss- (long stem of brandir, derivative of brand sword < Gmc). See brand, -ish2

brandisher, noun


1. swing, flaunt, wield, display.
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brandish (ˈbrændɪʃ)
 
vb
1.  to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
 
n
2.  a threatening or defiant flourish
 
[C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon]
 
'brandisher
 
n

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brandish
mid-14c., from O.Fr. brandiss-, prp. stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand). Related: Brandished; brandishing.
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