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[broo-zer] /ˈbru zər/
noun, Informal.
a strong, tough person:
The football player was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds—a real bruiser.
Origin of bruiser
First recorded in 1580-90; bruise + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And she answered: "That fellow that looks like a bruiser, and that one next to him, with the face of a rat."

  • You will find her serviceable; she's a bruiser's lass and something above it.

  • As the fist clouted against his abdomen the bruiser grunted and, doubling over, grabbed John in his arms.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • That smile was enough to infuriate the bruiser beyond description.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • The bruiser very calmly seated himself astride of a chair with his arms resting upon the back of it.

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "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
  • But the bruiser, as he ran forward, found himself entangled with the old lady.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • bruiser Jake had mysteriously disappeared on the evening of election.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • There I thought it well, having so far escaped grief, to look out for a leader who was less of a bruiser, while I took breath.

British Dictionary definitions for bruiser


(informal) a strong tough person, esp a boxer or a bully
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bruiser

"a pugilist," 1744, agent noun from bruise (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bruiser



A big, strong man, esp a pugilist (mid-1700s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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