verb (used with object), bruised, bruis·ing.
verb (used without object), bruised, bruis·ing.
Origin of bruise
Related Words for bruiseblemish, swelling, wound, injury, discoloration, contusion, mar, injure, blacken, crush, batter, wale, mouse, mark, boo-boo, deface, pulverize, pound, beat, damage
Examples from the Web for bruise
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of bruise
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.
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.).