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 in addition to the more delicate standbys, there are some bruisers in this bunch. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Here's what to order on Chris Bianco's new Italian-American menu at Pane Bianco Van Buren," 27 Jan. 2020 At 6-foot-10, 228 pounds, Montgomery is unlikely to ever be low-post bruiser. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Big sister helped EJ Montgomery provide 'another weapon' for Kentucky basketball," 30 Nov. 2019 Delagnes, who remained a union consultant until Montoya fired him last year over a Facebook post attacking Public Defender Jeff Adachi right after his death, has been the kind of never-back-down bruiser that many of the rank and file love. Caille Millner,, "SF Police Officers’ Association is at a crossroads — even if its leadership doesn’t seem to know that yet.," 24 Jan. 2020 The bruiser of a running back ran for 182 yards in New England and 195 in Tennessee’s 28-12 rout of top seed Baltimore last weekend. Dave Skretta,, "Chiefs know stopping Derrick Henry is a tall order, but necessary for victory," 18 Jan. 2020 Miami’s guards played all night – bruiser Kameron McGusty played 37 minutes, lights-out shooter DJ Vasiljevic played 38, and electric 5-foot-7 point guard Chris Lykes was on the court for nearly 39. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Darius Perry's heroics show Louisville 'may have to do it by committee' at point guard," 8 Jan. 2020 Illinois isn’t known for harboring caribou, but the shovel-like eye-guard on this bruiser could have come from the Great White North. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Whitetails of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 With Dye fumbling twice in that game and Habibi-Likio as the better blocker of the two, the Ducks have more than a situational bruiser behind Verdell. oregonlive, "Cyrus Habibi-Likio scores career-best 3 touchdowns in Oregon’s rout of Colorado," 13 Oct. 2019 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

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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“Bruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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informal : a large, strong man

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