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 But Baltimore’s collection of bruisers includes 210-pound running back Mark Ingram, 303-pound fullback Patrick Ricard and three tight ends (Boyle, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst) who have played more than 300 snaps. Eric Branch,, "‘Bring your big-boy pads’: 49ers brace for physical Ravens offense, Jackson," 30 Nov. 2019 But the former Bayern Munch and Juventus bruiser has become a key role player for Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, providing goals from the bench and a competitive spirit that his teammates have lacked at critical moments. Washington Post, "Modric rises to Odegaard’s challenge, Pique juggles roles," 25 Nov. 2019 Pistons coach Dwane Casey is reluctant to play Wood against bruisers like Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood has become valuable in Blake Griffin's absence," 29 Oct. 2019 In his place will be Hassan Whiteside, a bruiser in his own right. Rob Mahoney,, "Rather Than Separate Their Stars, the Blazers Bet on Their Foundation," 19 July 2019 Indiana has its budding superstar in Oladipo, a potential future star in Turner and a skilled bruiser in Sabonis at its core. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers at NBA trade deadline: Buy, sell or stand pat?," 5 Feb. 2018 Indiana was a terrible matchup for that team with bruiser Thomas Bryant in the paint. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "From the NBA to NCAA Tourney, 5 bold predictions for Kentucky basketball's 2019-20 season," 4 Nov. 2019 In the opposite corner is Jay Marotta (Ray Liotta), a bruiser in a suit the color of rain clouds, whose basic retainer is twenty-five thousand dollars. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "End Times in “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Marriage Story”," 1 Nov. 2019 His ruthlessness helped take pressure off Walton, discouraging opposing bruisers from beating up and frustrating the Blazers' best player. oregonlive, "A powerful handshake: How Maurice Lucas’ gesture helped the Portland Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA title; Rip City 50," 31 Oct. 2019

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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16 Dec 2019

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“Bruiser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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informal : a large, strong man

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