- 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
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2. squeamish, soft, susceptible.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for thin-skinned
For these self-righteous and thin-skinned folks, there are apparently limits to the liberal virtue of tolerance.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
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This is the thin-skinned Gucci model Franco who hurls tweeted insults with the churlish gusto of Kanye West.The James Franco Backlash
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Thin-skinned celebrities, take cover: Ricky Gervais returns to host Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.Ricky Gervais' 9 Funniest Awards-Show Moments
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You must remember that you have this disadvantage: you and your kind are thin-skinned.Jewel Weed</p>
Alice Ames Winter
He is so thin-skinned that he could not shake the creature into the dust as you would have done.
He was so thin-skinned that any counsel offered to him took the form of criticism.
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</p>
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
- sensitive to criticism or hints; easily upset or affected