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  1. having a thick skin.
  2. insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc.
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Origin of thick-skinned

First recorded in 1535–45
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Related Words for thick-skinned

callous, hardhearted, insensitive, seasoned, tough, unbending, unfeeling, benumbed

Examples from the Web for thick-skinned

Contemporary Examples of thick-skinned

Historical Examples of thick-skinned

  • They've all three got courage, they're all reckless and obstinate, and—forgive me—thick-skinned.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • Au, you thick-skinned beast,” he cried; “if I were only down there with a stick!

    In the King's Name

    George Manville Fenn

  • Was she really so callous, so thick-skinned that she was immune from insult?

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart

  • I always was a thick-skinned fellow, and it turns out lucky now.


    George Manville Fenn

  • It is exhausting to belabour a thick-skinned and obstinate animal with a stick.

    Blue Lights

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for thick-skinned


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