bruis·​er | \ˈbrü-zər \

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!

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Drambuie grew into a 115-pound blond bruiser with the thick coat of a yeti. Amy Sutherland,, "An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?," 16 May 2018 At 235 pounds, give or take, Wilson isn’t a bruiser. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 Broad shoulders, should be able to add even more muscle—father was an NBA bruiser in the paint. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Gary Trent Jr. Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 Morris is three years removed from his Pro Bowl days in Washington but could still serve as useful bruiser in many systems. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Top 10 NFL free agents by position: Offense," 26 Feb. 2018 High-scoring and physical, Liddell is a bruiser of a power forward who was Illinois' Mr. Basketball this past season. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Big Board 2.0: Updated look at Class of 2019 prospects on Louisville basketball's wish list," 10 July 2018 Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton scored more, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen were more spectacular, and 1950s bruiser Nat Lofthouse and Edwardian era stars Steve Bloomer and Vivian Woodward had better goals to game ratios., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks to Go - When Gary Lineker Scooped the Golden Boot in Mexico '86," 27 Apr. 2018 One of the University of Miami's valuable inside bruisers is now in the NFL. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Who is Kendrick Norton, the Miami Hurricanes DT drafted by the Carolina Panthers? | Miami Herald," 28 Apr. 2018 Under contract at the moment: second-year speedster Marlon Mack and third-down bruiser Robert Turbin, two capable runners in their own right. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Combine: 5 players for the Colts to watch," 27 Feb. 2018

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bruiser

: a large, strong man

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