[ kuhn-tooz, -tyooz ]
See synonyms for: contusecontused on

verb (used with object),con·tused, con·tus·ing.
  1. to injure (tissue), especially without breaking the skin; bruise.

Origin of contuse

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin contūsus, past participle of contundere “to bruise, crush,” equivalent to con- “with, together” + tud- (root with nasal infix of tundere “to beat”) + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- becoming -s- ; see con-

Other words from contuse

  • con·tu·sive [kuhn-too-siv, -tyoo-], /kənˈtu sɪv, -ˈtyu-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for contuse


/ (kənˈtjuːz) /

  1. (tr) to injure (the body) without breaking the skin; bruise

Origin of contuse

C15: from Latin contūsus bruised, from contundere to grind, from tundere to beat, batter

Derived forms of contuse

  • contusive, adjective

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