Language: Old English
Origin: brysan 'to press so as to break, bruise', later influenced by Old French brisier, bruisier 'to break'


2 verb
Related topics: Illness and Disability
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.
2 [transitive] 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
bruised adjective:
a badly bruised knee
a bruised ego

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