bruiser

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. brugmansia,
  2. bruhn,
  3. bruhn, erik,
  4. bruin,
  5. bruise,
  6. bruising,
  7. bruit,
  8. brule,
  9. brulee,
  10. brulé

Origin of bruiser

First recorded in 1580–90; bruise + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for bruiser

bruiser

/ (ˈbruːzə) /

noun

informal a strong tough person, esp a boxer or a bully
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Word Origin and History for bruiser

bruiser

n.

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

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