- a strong, tough person: The football player was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds—a real bruiser.
Origin of bruiser
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Examples from the Web for bruiser
He is tough, a Scottish bruiser when it comes to a knuckle fight.Florida on the Thames
May 7, 2010
You will find her serviceable; she's a bruiser's lass and something above it.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
Expert electrician, mechanic, sport spoiler and bruiser, eh?Radio Boys Loyalty
That smile was enough to infuriate the bruiser beyond description.Frank Merriwell's Triumph
Burt L. Standish
The man declared that he was not a bruiser, and refused to stir.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two
"I reckon as 'ow 'e's a bit of a bruiser," was the not unexpected reply.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.
Percy F. Westerman
- informal a strong tough person, esp a boxer or a bully
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Word Origin and History for bruiser
"a pugilist," 1744, agent noun from bruise (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper