|Origin:||brysan 'to press so as to break, bruise', later influenced by Old French brisier, bruisier 'to break'|
1MI [intransitive and transitive]
if part of your body bruises or if you bruise part of your body, it gets hit or hurt and a bruise appears:
She fell off her bike and bruised her knee.
to affect someone badly and make them feel less confident
bruise somebody's pride/ego
The incident had bruised his pride.
3HBP [intransitive and transitive]
if a piece of fruit bruises or is bruised, it gets a bruise by being hit, dropped etc
a badly bruised knee
a bruised ego