bruis·​er | \ ˈbrü-zər How to pronounce bruiser (audio) \

Definition of bruiser

: a big husky man

Examples of bruiser in a Sentence

That boy is going to be a bruiser when he grows up!
Recent Examples on the Web In its day, the big bruiser was a terror of the Autobahn. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Watch Magnus Walker Put This Homage to the Famed Mercedes ‘Red Pig’ Racer to the Test," 24 Feb. 2021 In 18 minutes, the 6-foot-8 bruiser had 10 rebounds and scored eight points, all at the free throw line and several during the final seconds of overtime. oregonlive, "Oregon State uses its ‘special fire’ as Beavers write another incredible comeback story in OT win over UCLA," 12 Mar. 2021 Recently though, Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy has unleashed Williamson as a ball-handler and play-maker, and the second-year bruiser has excelled. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "5 things to watch in the NBA on Wednesday: Pelicans' Zion Williamson is bullying defenses," 24 Feb. 2021 The markets may be in for a bruiser, but the consumer is getting stronger. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investor jitters go global," 26 Feb. 2021 Whether that was due to diving for a loose ball, absorbing contact to draw a charge or cannonballing into the paint for a hopeful and-1, the 5-foot-9 bruiser injected Texas with ample physicality. Nick Moyle,, "Texas routs SMU in coach Vic Schaefer's debut," 25 Nov. 2020 Burkley, at 6-feet and 210 pounds, is the bruiser of the three and is a former walk-on who tallied 56 yards Friday and broke his fair share of tackles. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's 3-man running back rotation here to stay with Javian Hawkins gone," 25 Nov. 2020 Johnson certainly fits that mold and is known as a bruiser in the post. Dallas News, "5 things to know about new Mavericks forward James Johnson, including his martial arts background," 23 Nov. 2020 The Wolverines were determined to ride him, and the 6-foot, 232-pound bruiser was happy to tug the offense along. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan football is getting in the way of its own running game," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bruiser

1742, in the meaning defined above

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“Bruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bruiser

informal : a large, strong man

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