Meaning of bruise in English:


Pronunciation /bruːz/

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  • 1An injury appearing as an area of discoloured skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels.

    ‘his body was a mass of bruises after he had been attacked’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination found she had died of multiple injuries but had pre-existing bruises on her body.’
    • ‘I felt my skin cut and tear and massive bruises appear on my skin as the savage battle of stability continued.’
    • ‘Of course McReady and Smith went right to work, checking over every part of her body, looking for bruises, and other lesion on the skin.’
    • ‘No critical injuries, maybe some bruises and a bump on the head.’
    • ‘He was kicked in the head and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance with a broken jaw and cheek bone, along with a black eye and multiple bruises to his upper body.’
    • ‘‘My son has come home with black eyes and bruises on his body,’ he said.’
    • ‘The man who once chased visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow players back to their soft city enclaves with bumps and bruises all over their bodies is now a poet.’
    • ‘Suddenly, as if they had been painted on, a series of painful looking bruises and bumps appeared out of nowhere, all over his body.’
    • ‘Four men died and seven other people were hospitalized for treatment of bumps, bruises and head injuries.’
    • ‘Mom would have bumps and bruises all over her body the next day.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse performs a systems assessment, noting skin rashes, bruises, and lesions.’
    • ‘Thomas had followed his father's gaze and looking down he could see the number of swellings and bruises grazing his body.’
    • ‘It worked, but now, he was pretty sure he had a bruised rib and bruises all over his body that would take weeks to heal.’
    • ‘For treating traumatic bruises and injuries, it is combined with other herbs in a liniment, and also taken internally.’
    • ‘Apart from the brain injuries there are a number of bruises on the body.’
    • ‘He lazily got up and stretched, his soft skin unmarked by bruises or scarring.’
    • ‘She had goose bumps all over her body and a bruise on her arm.’
    • ‘They suffered bruises and injuries to their heads.’
    • ‘But Cotton confirmed no officers received bruises or injuries.’
    • ‘I feel the coldness once again come over me, then I feel the pain from the countless bruises over my body, and the bleeding from my head.’
    contusion, lesion, mark, injury, black-and-blue mark, skin discoloration, blackening
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    1. 1.1A mark indicating an area of damage on a fruit, vegetable, or plant.
      ‘Ian took it from her and examined it, as if he were checking fruit for bruises.’
      • ‘She picked up a purple fruit to find a bruise near the stem.’
      • ‘Inspect for bruises that will mar the fruit as it dries.’
      blemish, streak, spot, fleck, dot, blot, stain, smear, trace, speck, speckle, blotch, smudge, smut, smirch, fingermark, fingerprint, impression, imprint
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  • 1Inflict a bruise or bruises on (a part of the body)

    ‘I fell and bruised my knee’
    • ‘He bruised his ankle and knee, but should make the home Parker Pen Shield tie with Madrid in a fortnight.’
    • ‘First, WR Antonio Freeman bruised a knee ligament in the second minicamp.’
    • ‘Oshantri crashed through the door on the second attempt, having severely bruised her shoulder, and caused Taizjin to drop the blade into the sink.’
    • ‘On September 14, Lewis severely bruised a forearm making a tackle against the Browns.’
    • ‘It hit him in the ribs, and though he rolled with the blow it still bruised him.’
    • ‘Apparently, I fractured my middle finger and severely bruised the rest of it.’
    • ‘I've bruised my left wrist and my knees are grazed, the mash potatoes are barely salvageable, the pan has lost it's handle and is now a strange oval shape.’
    • ‘Johns gets in ahead of Jeremy Davidson who bruised a knee in last week's victory over Munster.’
    • ‘It was something I'd always wanted to try, and it was great fun, although the trapeze bar bruised the backs of my knees like crazy.’
    • ‘His head was dizzy, he was wounded on his forehead, left knee, right ankle and his arm was bruised bad.’
    • ‘I bruised the inside of the bone in my knee and the top of my thigh.’
    • ‘She also bruised her knee, but that was the least on her mind.’
    • ‘Foster, absorbing the initial blow, landed on his derrière, bruised it, and will be out two to four weeks.’
    • ‘He yelled as his whole body was bruised from the sharp rocks, he rolled softly onto the top of a flat rocks, and lay there for a minute.’
    • ‘Moises bruised his knee seriously enough to lose the rest of the season.’
    • ‘Fortunately it was a first-floor window, so he basically just bruised his knees.’
    • ‘And they say I only bruised them, but I tell you, if this is only a bruise, I'd hate to have broken bones.’
    • ‘In fact, I think I might even have bruised my leg muscle, as I'm limping about all over the place and grimacing whenever I sit down.’
    • ‘I was so excited that, when I turned around to walk back to class, I slammed into the open locker behind me and bruised my nose.’
    • ‘Fallon, who bruised his right leg when unseated by his mount going on to the course for the final race at Pontefract last night, is beginning to build up a lead on Holland in the title race.’
    contuse, injure, mark, make black and blue, discolour, blacken, hurt
    mark, discolour, blemish
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    1. 1.1Cause a bruise or bruises to appear on (a fruit, vegetable, or plant)
      • ‘the fall bruised several of the ripest bananas’
    2. 1.2no object Be susceptible to bruising.
      ‘potatoes bruise easily, so treat them with care’
      • ‘Although you might think they are really tough because they feel hard, potatoes bruise easily and should be treated with care and kept somewhere cool and dark, out of the plastic bag.’
      • ‘Gareth always bruised exceptionally easily because of Wiscott Aldridge Syndrome and had to avoid contact sports.’
      • ‘I was sore all over, and bruised, but I don't bruise easily, so it wasn't that bad.’
      • ‘I was a pacifist by nature, and had always bruised easily as a child.’
      • ‘Like her mother, Cassie bruised easily, and in the irony of being a cutter she missed her scars.’
      • ‘There was a long scar on her right arm; it bruised easily all the time so she had to be careful.’
      • ‘I wanted to use it for Sophia mainly, because she got so easily bruised then.’
      • ‘So I'd become cold, prone to platinum cravings, and as easily bruised as an overripe apple.’
      • ‘He had skin that bruised easily anyway and even more so since he had started losing weight.’
      • ‘She's quick to loyalty and easily bruised and she understands me better than anyone else in this country.’
      • ‘He had been bruising easily for some time and his worried mum insisted he went for a check-up.’
      • ‘Figs are fairly delicate - they bruise easily and deteriorate quickly, so it's best to store them in the fridge.’
      • ‘They bruise more easily and do not store properly as a result.’
      • ‘Pears bruise easily and don't keep well once they have fallen or been picked.’
      • ‘Doctors, especially general practitioners, should pay special attention to children who have the tendency to bleed or bruise easily.’
      • ‘The bleeding and the fact that he was bruising easily were down to the shortage of platelets, a clotting agent, in his blood.’
      • ‘The fact that your mother bruises so easily is a warning sign that she may be especially vulnerable.’
      • ‘I bruise easily and get dark splotches on my hands and arms.’
      • ‘Fruits and vegetables have also been genetically engineered so that they do not bruise as easily, or so that they have a longer shelf life.’
      • ‘And if you find that you bruise easily, boost your intake of vitamin C to strengthen your capillaries.’
    3. 1.3Hurt (someone's feelings)
      ‘I will admit that my pride was bruised by his comment’
      • ‘That nighttime trip had wounded his pride and bruised his ego.’
      • ‘Power struggles happen, and egos are bruised, and feelings are hurt, and none of this will exactly shock anyone in the audience of this movie.’
      • ‘Although Ryouseika was smiling, she could tell that Nazuna's pride had been bruised by having to share her girlfriend.’
      • ‘With this division of labour, more work gets done faster (another revue is already planned for May) and fewer egos get bruised.’
      • ‘Ironically, last year Bolt was sheltered from heated competition at the World Championships in order not to have his ego bruised.’
      • ‘Here are snapshots of three who took on companies in trouble, faced angry creditors, got their egos bruised, but might do it all over again.’
      • ‘He'd been beat, bled, and bruised emotionally, but never physically.’
      • ‘Their egos get bruised but their perks never shrivel.’
      • ‘Iger, who has years of experience repairing egos bruised by the abrasive Eisner, will have his hands full with Jobs.’
      • ‘Believe me, after time your ego will not be bruised because you have said no, and you will learn to give others credit for taking on the extra tasks.’
      • ‘If Closer had been made by Neil LaBute (In The Company Of Men), feelings would have been bruised.’
      • ‘Despite what Peggy always used to say, even my ego can be bruised a bit.’
      upset, offend, insult, affront, hurt, wound, pain, injure, crush, displease, peeve, vex, distress, grieve
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  • 2Crush or pound (food)

    ‘add the beans, tomatoes, and lime wedges and roughly bruise with the pestle’
    • ‘Cut the lemon into 10 wedges, peel and bruise the garlic, place these along with the potatoes on a non-stick baking tray.’
    • ‘Crushing or bruising a leaf or flower will release the ‘essential oils’.’
    • ‘To bruise herbs, Mr. Sullivan advises crushing then with the back of a large knife or tapping them with a mallet.’


Old English brȳsan ‘crush or injure with a blow’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French bruisier ‘break’.