bruise
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) enPR: bro͞oz, IPA: /bɹuːz/
Verb

bruise (bruises, present participle bruising; past and past participle bruised)

  1. (transitive) To strike (a person), originally with something flat or heavy, but now specifically in such a way as to discolour the skin without breaking it.
  2. (transitive) To damage the skin of (fruit or vegetables), in an analogous way.
  3. (intransitive) Of fruit or vegetables, to gain bruises through being handled roughly.
    Bananas bruise easily.
  4. (intransitive) To become bruised.
    I bruise easily.
  5. (intransitive) To fight with the fists; to box.
    • Bruising was considered a fine, manly, old English custom.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: se taler, se cotir, s'abîmer
  • Russian: мя́ться
  • Spanish: macarse, estropearse
Translations Noun

bruise (plural bruises)

  1. A purplish mark on the skin due to leakage of blood from capillaries under the surface that have been damaged by a blow.
  2. A dark mark on fruit or vegetables caused by a blow to the surface.
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