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[thin-skind] /ˈθɪnˈskɪnd/
having a thin skin.
sensitive to criticism, reproach, or rebuff; easily offended; touchy:
a thin-skinned poet.
Origin of thin-skinned
First recorded in 1590-1600
2. squeamish, soft, susceptible. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You must remember that you have this disadvantage: you and your kind are thin-skinned.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • He is so thin-skinned that he could not shake the creature into the dust as you would have done.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was so thin-skinned that any counsel offered to him took the form of criticism.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • That's just like a girl—they're so thin-skinned and chicken-hearted.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He was thin-skinned to excess; and, as far as that went, a Heautontomorumenos!

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • The most thin-skinned sensitiveness could not have discovered anything.

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
British Dictionary definitions for thin-skinned


sensitive to criticism or hints; easily upset or affected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Overly sensitive to criticism or insult: can't be thin-skinned and expect all the neighbors to like you

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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