[ thin-skind ]
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  1. having a thin skin.

  2. sensitive to criticism, reproach, or rebuff; easily offended; touchy: a thin-skinned poet.

Origin of thin-skinned

First recorded in 1590–1600

Other words for thin-skinned

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

How to use thin-skinned in a sentence

  • We hope we have done justice to the bitterness and "immortal hate" of these thin-skinned sons of freedom.

  • He would have made his brother Duke such as he was himself,—had not his brother Duke been so lamentably thin-skinned.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
  • Civilization is merely a veneer, a thin-skinned polish over the savage and crude nature.

  • A cynicism so ripe and shameless terrified him and yet the count was not excessively thin-skinned.

    The Tiger-Slayer | Gustave Aimard
  • The fingers of the Thoracic are also inclined to be more thin-skinned than those of other types.

    How to Analyze People on Sight | Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

British Dictionary definitions for thin-skinned


  1. sensitive to criticism or hints; easily upset or affected

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