- to injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin: The blow bruised his arm. Her pinching bruised the peaches.
- to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark: to bruise a person's feelings.
- to crush (drugs or food) by beating or pounding.
- Metalworking. to injure the surface of (an ingot or finished object) by collision.
- 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.
Origin of bruise
Related Wordsmar, injure, blacken, wound, crush, batter, deface, pulverize, pound, beat, damage, mark, zing, blemish, black, contuse
Examples from the Web for bruising
The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
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
June 26, 2014
Have you seen the bleeding and bruising, the skin ulceration and infection, the nerve paralysis?Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces
May 25, 2014
What plays as depthless violence and bruising circus on screen obscures commercial pragmatism.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
So the scandal, bruising at it was, was oddly liberating, I say.BP, Putin, and the Power of Oil
March 9, 2014
Wine may be made of apricots by only bruising, and pouring the hot water upon them: this wine does not require so much sweetening.
He stumbled, sprawled upon the iced pavement, bruising his face.Erik Dorn
She was not conscious of the grasp that was bruising her tender arm.Romola
When, moreover, the cells were destroyed by bruising, no fermentation ensued.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
This was indeed an instance of the serpent's "bruising the heel" of the woman's seed.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
- causing bruises, as by a blow
- aggressively antagonistic; hurtfulfour months of bruising negotiation
- a bruise or bruises
- (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 and History for bruising
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.).
- An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.