[ kal-uhs ]
/ ˈkæl əs /
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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.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become hard or callous.
OTHER WORDS FOR callous
2 inured, insensible, obtuse.
OPPOSITES FOR callous
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Origin of callous
First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English from Latin callōsus “hard-skinned, tough,” equivalent to call(um) “tough skin, any hard substance” + -ōsus -ous
synonym study for callous
2. See hard.
OTHER WORDS FROM callouscal·lous·ly, adverbcal·lous·ness, nounun·cal·lous, adjectiveun·cal·lous·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH callouscallous , callus
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How to use callous in a sentence
As the callouses on the palms gave evidence of recent hard work, he was set free along with me.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
"Fine, fine," Kerk said, rubbing his hands together so hard they could hear the harsh rasp of the callouses.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
It is that which callouses the palm of the oarsman, strengthens the waist of the wrestler, fits the back to its burden.How to Succeed|Orison Swett Marden
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
His hands, while smooth on the backs and well cared for, showed when he exposed the palms the callouses of ax handling.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for callous
/ (ˈkæləs) /
(of skin) hardened and thickened
pathol to make or become callous
Derived forms of callouscallously, adverbcallousness, noun
Word Origin for callous
C16: from Latin callōsus; see callus
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