- made hard; hardened.
- insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic: They have a callous attitude toward the sufferings of others.
- having a callus; indurated, as parts of the skin exposed to friction.
- to make or become hard or callous.
Origin of callous
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Examples from the Web for callouses
You, too, should have callouses on your emotions by this time.Letters of a Dakota Divorcee
But there was a sparkle in his eyes, an ease of movement and callouses on his hands.Trading Jeff and his Dog
James Arthur Kjelgaard
They were large and shapely, but the only callouses they could show were accusingly recent.The Real Man
On my word the good wife and mother hasn't the kinks out of her fingers yet, nor the callouses from her hands, by Jove!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But the world, which veils the spirit and callouses the instincts, makes curiosity for most people the criterion of interest.The Story of Opal
- unfeeling; insensitive
- (of skin) hardened and thickened
- pathol to make or become callous
Word Origin and History for callouses
c.1400, "hardened," in the physical sense, from Latin callosus "thick-skinned," from callus, callum "hard skin" (see callus). The figurative sense of "unfeeling" appeared in English by 1670s. Related: Callously; callousness.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.