- 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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Antonyms for callous
Related Words for callousedconsolidate, nerve, set, buttress, thicken, strengthen, stiffen, freeze, amalgamate, reinforce, fortify, close, toughen, petrify, jell, compact, bake, fix, callous, acclimatize
Examples from the Web for calloused
Contemporary Examples of calloused
Subject has athletic build, calloused knuckles, broken nose – characteristics of martial arts practitioners.Russia Tells ‘Tourists’ How to Go Fight in Ukraine
April 13, 2014
Wars do not end on their own, or by the calloused hands of our military led by generals.America Prepares to Fold in Afghanistan But Must Stay
John Kael Weston
January 16, 2013
Those brick-laying years chumming it up with calloused day laborers in Sydney are finally paying off.Hollywood's New Macho Man
April 1, 2010
Historical Examples of calloused
They were worn, and had calloused stains and ill-kept nails.The Prisoner
Even her hands, reddened and calloused by labor, were well kept and shapely.They of the High Trails
He had noticed that Joe's hands were rather rough and calloused.Torchy As A Pa
Jacovik turned his hands over and looked at the calloused palms.The Destroyers
Gordon Randall Garrett
His fingers were calloused and no current could pass through them.Electricity for the farm
Frederick Irving Anderson
- unfeeling; insensitive
- (of skin) hardened and thickened
- pathol to make or become callous
Word Origin for callous
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.