bruis·​er ˈbrü-zər How to pronounce bruiser (audio)
: 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 A bit of an anomaly in the world of bruiser SUVs where absurdity is often the norm—we're looking at you, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo S—the GLE53 is neither a baller nor a sleeper. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2023 Not every jab and uppercut was a bruiser, but the cumulative impact of their pushback against the Seahawks (6-4) did enough damage for the Rams to end their three-game losing streak and led them to turn up the volume of their postgame music to deafening levels in their locker room. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The 6-foot-3, 225-pound bruiser carried four times for 55 yards and added a sack and a pass broken up on a third down play. Tim Meehan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 The 6-foot-2, 219-pound bruiser rushed for 1,473 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in just 11 games. Ben Thomas |, al, 13 Aug. 2023 The men were smoking hot, fuelling my nascent infatuation with Clive Owen and Bruce Willis and even, maybe, in some corner of my psyche, the comeback bruiser Mickey Rourke. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 14 July 2023 Thus, the Bradley carries infantry to battle while also acting as a bruiser—armed with long-distance TOW anti-tank missiles and a rapid-firing Bushmaster 25-millimeter chain cannon that is lethal against personnel and lighter armored vehicles. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 5 July 2023 Fleet-footed power forwards such as Tom Wilson are still coveted, but gone are the days when teams are loading up with 200-pound bruisers. Conor Ryan,, 21 June 2023 Boris isn’t the only Japanese bruisers with heat this month. Andy O'Connor, SPIN, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bruiser was in 1742

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“Bruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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bruis·​er ˈbrü-zər How to pronounce bruiser (audio)
: a big husky person
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