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

Synonyms for thin-skinned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of thin-skinned

Historical Examples of thin-skinned

  • You must remember that you have this disadvantage: you and your kind are thin-skinned.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter

  • He is so thin-skinned that he could not shake the creature into the dust as you would have done.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • He was so thin-skinned that any counsel offered to him took the form of criticism.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • 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

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin

British Dictionary definitions for thin-skinned



sensitive to criticism or hints; easily upset or affected
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