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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bruiser

Contemporary Examples of bruiser

  • He is tough, a Scottish bruiser when it comes to a knuckle fight.

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Historical Examples of bruiser

British Dictionary definitions for bruiser



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.).

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