- a person or thing that braces, binds, or makes firm.
- Informal. a stimulating drink, especially one of liquor.
Origin of bracer1
- a guard or band worn over the wrist of the bow hand to protect it from the snap of the bowstring.
Origin of bracer2
Examples from the Web for bracer
I do not need a bracer to get me going or a hooker to keep me under way.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
Her optimism was the best sort of bracer for the captain's failing courage.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
The whisky came and he drank it, feeling that he needed a bracer.Her Ladyship's Elephant
David Dwight Wells
Anxiety dreams may play the part of a bracer and tonic in subjects of that type.Psychoanalysis
Twice Tim Crapsey insisted upon it that he must have a “bracer” from the flask.Dave Porter and His Double
- a person or thing that braces
- informal a tonic, esp an alcoholic drink taken as a tonic
- archery fencing a leather guard worn to protect the arm
Word Origin and History for bracer
early 14c., "piece of armor protecting the arm;" 1580s, "a clamp, bind, brace," from brace (n.). Figurative sense of "that which braces the nerves" is 1740; especially of alcoholic drinks from c.1850. Related: Bracers.