[ thik-skind ]
See synonyms for thick-skinned on
  1. having a thick skin.

  2. insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc.

Origin of thick-skinned

First recorded in 1535–45

Words Nearby thick-skinned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thick-skinned in a sentence

  • The young people chafed, and, finding Billy Knapp either imperturbable or thick-skinned, they turned their attention to Alfred.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • The thick-skinned, thoughtful and reserved aboriginals of central Mexico are most enigmatical in their character.

  • Nimrod's thick-skinned sensibilities would have cared little for either.

    Cedar Creek | Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • And although the mate was sufficiently thick-skinned, even he felt it.

British Dictionary definitions for thick-skinned


  1. insensitive to criticism or hints; not easily upset or affected

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