- 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 bruised
When he expresses concern over her bruised and disheveled appearance, she lies and tells him that she fainted.How Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Controversial Rape Arc
August 14, 2014
So we both kept sending each other pictures of our bruised shins.Allison Janney’s Incredible ‘Double O’ and That ‘Masters of Sex’ Love Scene
July 14, 2014
The child was found on the 400-foot level, bruised and crying, but alive.Weird Washington Monument History
May 12, 2014
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
But the bruised feelings will take a little while longer to heal.Media Balks at Band-Aid Shield Law
May 16, 2013
He was bruised, shaken, pale as death, and out of breath when he got up.The Secret Agent
I s'pose you're sorry some of us didn't get all cut up and bruised, so you could patch us up.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Both were bruised, Smith's body, Greer's head and shoulders.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
I'm mair likly to get the bruised reed intil my nakit loof (palm)!Salted With Fire
The memory of that bruised and battered face was warning enough.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
- (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 bruised
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.