AskDefine | Define bruiser

Dictionary Definition

bruiser n : a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got" [syn: bull, strapper, Samson]

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English

Noun

  1. : In contact sports, an athlete whose size, strength, and/or aggressiveness make it likely that he will cause athletes on the opposing team to suffer physical punishment.
  2. By extension, any large, strong person.
  3. A thug.

Extensive Definition

Bruiser normally refers to:
  • A big husky man. Often implies they frequently fight.
Bruiser may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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