An example of a bruise is a black and blue injury on the skin.
An example of a bruise is to crush mint leaves in a mortar and pestle to bring out the scent and taste of the mint for a cocktail.
An example of a bruise is to tell someone something that makes them feel bad about themselves.
An example of bruise is to punch someone and cause a black and blue mark.
An example of bruise is to push hard on a piece of fruit, making a dent in the skin of the fruit and causing the fruit to darken.
Peaches bruise easily.
Bruised peaches, a bruised auto fender.
I bruise easily.
Origin of bruise
- Middle English bruisen from Old English brȳsan to crush, and from Old North French bruisier (of Celtic origin)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English bruisen, brusen, from Anglo-Norman bruiser, bruser (“to break, smash”), from Gaulish *brusu (compare Old Irish brúu (“I shatter, smash”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreus- (“to break”) (compare Latin frustum (“bit, scrap”), Old Church Slavonic бръснути (brŭsnuti, “to rake”), Albanian breshër (“hail”)).Replaced early modern English brise (compare Scots brizz), from Middle English brisen, bresen, from Old English brȳsan, briesan (“to crush”), from Proto-Germanic *brausijaną, causative from the same PIE root. Cognate with Old English brosnian (“to crumble, fall apart”), Dutch broos (“brittle”), German Brosame (“crumb”), dialectal Norwegian brøysk (“breakable”).