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noun Informal.
  1. a strong, tough person: The football player was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds—a real bruiser.
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Origin of bruiser

First recorded in 1580–90; bruise + -er1
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  1. 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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