[ brooz ]
/ bruz /

verb (used with object), bruised, bruis·ing.

verb (used without object), bruised, bruis·ing.

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of bruise

before 900; Middle English bro(o)sen, bres(s)en, bris(s)en, bruisen, representing Old English brȳsan, brēsan and Anglo-French bruser, Old French bruisier, akin to briser to break; see brisance

Related formsun·bruised, adjective

Can be confusedbrews bruise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bruising

British Dictionary definitions for bruising


/ (ˈbruːzɪŋ) /


causing bruises, as by a blow
aggressively antagonistic; hurtfulfour months of bruising negotiation


a bruise or bruises


/ (bruːz) /

verb (mainly tr)

(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 for bruise

Old English brӯsan, of Celtic origin; compare Irish brūigim I bruise

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Word Origin and History for bruising
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Medicine definitions for bruising


[ brōōz ]


An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.

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