transitive verb-·tused′, -·tus′ing
Origin of contuseMiddle English contusen from Classical Latin contusus, past participle of contundere, to beat, break to pieces from com-, intensive + tundere, to beat: see steep
transitive verbcon·tused, con·tus·ing, con·tus·es
Origin of contuseMiddle English contusen from Latin contundere contūs- to beat com- intensive pref. ; see com- . tundere to beat
(third-person singular simple present contuses, present participle contusing, simple past and past participle contused)
From (the participle stem of) Latin contundere (“pound or beat small”), from com- + tundere (“beat, thump”).