verb (used with object), bruised, bruis·ing.
verb (used without object), bruised, bruis·ing.
Origin of bruise
Examples from the Web for bruising
The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.
And now, after falling short in a bruising campaign, he can do just that while getting in even more work in his garden.Tom Tancredo Loses GOP Primary For Colorado Governor|Ben Jacobs|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Have you seen the bleeding and bruising, the skin ulceration and infection, the nerve paralysis?
What plays as depthless violence and bruising circus on screen obscures commercial pragmatism.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War|Tim Teeman|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So the scandal, bruising at it was, was oddly liberating, I say.
You dear old-fashioned guardians of a once happy home, I can pass you without cracking a stem or bruising a blossom.The Silent Alarm|Roy J. Snell
In passing to the boat landing I stumbled and fell, bruising myself painfully.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
Will somebody hand me anything hard and bruising to pelt at her?Bleak House|Charles Dickens
He was kissing her, bending back her head, and his grip upon her shoulder was bruising the flesh.Tarrano the Conqueror|Raymond King Cummings
Take heed, lady, from offending or bruising the hope of your womb.The Works of John Marston|John Marston
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bruise
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.).