To injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of (part of the body) without breaking the skin, as by a blow. To damage (plant tissue), as by abrasion or pressure: bruised the fruit by careless packing. To dent or mar. To pound (berries, for example) into fragments; crush. To hurt, especially psychologically. To experience or undergo bruising: Peaches bruise easily. An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations. A similar injury to plant tissue, often resulting in discoloration or spoilage. An injury, especially to one's feelings.