Definition of bruiser in US English:



derogatory, informal
  • 1A person who is tough and aggressive and enjoys a fight or argument.

    ‘thick-necked bruisers in shell suits’
    ‘his reputation as a political bruiser’
    • ‘Dryden accidentally clipped the notorious bruiser across the nose with his stick.’
    • ‘It is true that he looks a bit of a bruiser and has played the role of a hardman in EastEnders, but that is only make-believe.’
    • ‘He has been swiftly replaced by a bearded cabinet minister, renowned as a no-nonsense, hardline political bruiser with the sort of right-wing policies you never dreamed you'd see from the Labour Party.’
    • ‘And it was also clear that the teaching unions needed something of a bruiser in the ministerial office to deliver change.’
    • ‘Davis would make a good leader of the opposition, as he is a bruiser.’
    • ‘He doesn't look comfortable or assured among the other bruisers.’
    • ‘In common with many other Russian rulers he was regarded as a big man, strong in word and deed; a bruiser who could take care of himself and a political fixer who knew all there was to know about how to stay in power.’
    • ‘It's an interesting infatuation but I predict ultimate divorce for those two: she delicately aristocratic, he a full-bodied bruiser.’
    • ‘A lot of people think that, at that level, it's just about big bruisers who'll kick you, but there were a lot of good players.’
    • ‘Interestingly, it is the opposition NAP that is leading the push to replace the old-style bruisers with more articulate young blood.’
    • ‘The old bruiser yesterday did what he does best - deliver a barnstorming, end-of-conference speech packed with one-liners brutally aimed at the hapless Tories and shifty Liberal Democrats.’
    • ‘In Stand By Me, Phoenix played a bruiser who knew he deserved better than a dead-end future, but was smart enough to know he wouldn't get it.’
    • ‘As a child, Sam was a little bruiser, always looking for mischief.’
    • ‘No doubt your husband is an intellectual bruiser, but these are hardly Mensa-level topics.’
    • ‘His opponent, meanwhile, is one of the most bruising of political bruisers.’
    • ‘However, on the other hand he appears to be an effective bruiser whose sympathies are with his party which is perhaps what the Tories need at the moment in lieu of any more fundamental charge.’
    • ‘He was a lord of language and the most feared political bruiser of his time.’
    • ‘Stand up, speak out - don't hunker down and wait for those bruisers in the cargo shorts to come looking for your son.’
    • ‘The teacher had to look up at him as she ranted away in her shrill voice, but that didn't deter her in the least; and the bruiser was looking quite intimidated and trying to make himself smaller.’
    • ‘Others say he is a bruiser who uses his size to intimidate opponents.’
    thug, ruffian, hoodlum, bully boy, bully, bandit, mugger, gangster, terrorist, gunman, murderer, killer, hitman, assassin, hooligan, vandal, yardie
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    1. 1.1 A professional boxer.
      ‘a decent, gentle bruiser who almost knocked out one the greatest heavyweights of all time’
      • ‘When street sweeping and a boxing match against a bruiser twice his size fail to raise the necessary funds, the Tramp turns to his millionaire friend for help.’
      • ‘Ducker is a bruiser with moves, but he was hurt much of last year.’
      • ‘That will stand him in good stead for his meeting with Sosnowski, the bruiser from Warsaw who calls himself ‘The Dragon’.’
      • ‘Though his blocking has improved, he likely won't become a bruiser.’
      • ‘And she's in vibrant form here in this her seventieth year; she's certainly up to the challenge of handling the Detroit bruiser.’
      • ‘In round five and six, Mesi's reputed power shook Jirov but he hung tough to counter with stinging combinations on the Buffalo bruiser, who does not have racehorse speed.’
      • ‘The Newbridge bruiser won the British super-middleweight title in his 14th professional fight and made nine defences before challenging the battle-hardened Eubank for the WBO crown.’
      • ‘A heavyweight bruiser called Andrei Arlovski tops the bill.’
      • ‘He's a big bruiser with quick feet and a real nasty streak.’
      • ‘When he does that, he's a bruiser who wears down defenses.’
      • ‘Instead it appears that ‘New’ Davis might have to resort to the tactics of the bruiser and fight his corner.’
      • ‘And the kids he trains these days, are they as tough as the bruisers of yesteryear?’
      boxer, pugilist, prizefighter
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