Definition of “bruise” - English Dictionary

“bruise” in British English

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bruisenoun [ C ]

uk /bruːz/ us /bruːz/

B2 an injury or mark where the skin has not been broken but is darker in colour, often as a result of being hit by something:

His arms and back were covered in bruises.
She had a few cuts and bruises but nothing serious.
One or two of the peaches had bruises on them.

More examples

  • She's got a nasty bruise on her shin from when he kicked her.
  • I've got a big purple bruise where I hit my leg against the corner of the table.
  • He wasn't seriously injured - he just got a few cuts and bruises.
  • Her legs were covered in scratches and bruises after her walk through the forest.
  • The ride around the bay was wonderful - but it was weeks before my bruises went away!

bruiseverb [ I or T ]

uk /bruːz/ us /bruːz/

(Definition of “bruise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bruise” in American English

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bruisenoun [ C ]

us /bruz/

a place on a person’s skin that is darker from bleeding under the skin, usually from an injury:

My little boy fell off his bike and has a bad bruise on his shoulder.

bruiseverb [ T ]

us /bruz/

to develop a bruise or to cause someone or something to have a bruise:

He crashed into a table and bruised his shin.

(Definition of “bruise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)