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[thik-skind] /ˈθɪkˈskɪnd/
having a thick skin.
insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc.
Origin of thick-skinned
1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is exhausting to belabour a thick-skinned and obstinate animal with a stick.

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

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • He is not tempted to levity or impatience, for he does not see the joke and is thick-skinned to present evils.

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

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • There was nothing to be obtained but some apples of an inferior quality, tasteless and thick-skinned, and walnuts.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • Was she really so callous, so thick-skinned that she was immune from insult?

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • Like the elephant and the hippopotamus it belongs to the thick-skinned animals.

  • He was as thick-skinned as a walrus and the cut direct did not in the least trouble him.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for thick-skinned


insensitive to criticism or hints; not easily upset or affected
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