verb (used with object), bruised, bruis·ing.
verb (used without object), bruised, bruis·ing.
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|Judith Mackrell|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Brandy Zadrozny|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Jesse Rosenfeld|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For the record: A bloody toe for a ballerina is like a bruise for a boxer: ho-hum.
Something triggers his temper—the push may be hard enough to make her bruise.
Their progress was slow, and they slept on a bed of brush which had lumps and knots to bruise every soft spot on their bodies.Dick in the Everglades|A. W. Dimock
We set the ball rolling, others keep it up, and it runs back to bruise our own shins.Three Plays by Brieux|Eugne Brieux
He seized the hand; there was no bruise to be seen, but he bent his head and fervently kissed the place.The Preacher of Cedar Mountain|Ernest Thompson Seton
There are stones yonder, and you can see the bruise, said one.The Dust of Conflict|David Goodger (email@example.com)
My dear Lieutenant, you will not only bruise, but break, my head with your clatter.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay|George Otto Trevelyan
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.).