- to injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin: The blow bruised his arm. Her pinching bruised the peaches.
- to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark: to bruise a person's feelings.
- to crush (drugs or food) by beating or pounding.
- Metalworking. to injure the surface of (an ingot or finished object) by collision.
- to develop or bear a discolored spot on the skin as the result of a blow, fall, etc.
- to become injured slightly: His feelings bruise easily.
- an injury due to bruising; contusion.
Origin of bruise
Examples from the Web for bruise
In contrast to gentle Eva, Naps liked to draw a little blood in bed, to bruise and be bruised in return.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art
January 25, 2014
As Obama and others press to raise the federal minimum wage about $7.25, skeptics say such a move could bruise the economy.What Does an Increase in the Minimum Wage Do to the Economy?
December 9, 2013
I got a bruise in the shape of a detailed boot print etched in my back.Interview With Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson Following His Release from Cairo's Tora Prison
October 11, 2013
For the record: A bloody toe for a ballerina is like a bruise for a boxer: ho-hum.Butchery at the Ballet
February 25, 2011
Something triggers his temper—the push may be hard enough to make her bruise.Hollywood's Kept Women
October 10, 2010
His grasp did not bruise, it did not seem to be tight; but the hand that held it was immovable.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Lay it on a flat plate, and bruise it with the blade of a knife.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Nana insisted it was a bruise that Leonie had given her when they were having a bit of a rough-house.L'Assommoir
Wash some roots of sorrel quite clean, bruise them in a mortar, and steep them in white wine vinegar for two or three days.
Then drain off the water, bruise the bread fine, and mix it with as much new milk as will make a pap of a moderate thickness.
- (also intr) to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way
- to offend or injure (someone's feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc
- to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow
- to crush (food, etc) by pounding or pressing
- a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion
Word Origin and History for bruise
Old English brysan "to crush, bruise, pound," from Proto-Germanic *brusjanan, from PIE root *bhreus- "to smash, crush" (cf. Old Irish bronnaim "I wrong, I hurt;" Breton brezel "war," Vulgar Latin brisare "to break"). Merged by 17c. with Anglo-French bruiser "to break, smash," from Old French bruisier "to break, shatter," perhaps from Gaulish *brus-, from the same PIE root. Related: Bruised; bruising.
1540s, from bruise (v.).
- An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.