Definition of thick-skinned in English:



  • Insensitive to criticism or insults.

    ‘I suppose you have to be pretty thick-skinned to be an MP’
    • ‘But a wee warning for those who dare stick their heads above the parapet: look out, you'll need to be very thick-skinned!’
    • ‘I'm pretty thick-skinned, but I found that remark to be stupid.’
    • ‘A shy, sensitive, clearly unhappy boy's troubled relationship with a domineering, thick-skinned father is captured in that single wounding chuckle.’
    • ‘So, you just have to be a bit thick-skinned about it and keep going.’
    • ‘His loud, belligerent, thick-skinned exterior has always encased a much more emotional inner centre.’
    • ‘Perhaps mentally tough would be a more sensitive description than thick-skinned.’
    • ‘Of course, Rice admits that he wasn't as thick-skinned when some of the first bad reviews hit.’
    • ‘It's very difficult and hard work and you need to be a bit thick-skinned sometimes.’
    • ‘I learned to be a thick-skinned debater round about then.’
    • ‘Kara, you're really not the most thick-skinned of people.’
    • ‘I can only read comments on political blogs when I'm feeling particularly thick-skinned.’
    • ‘No worries, mate; Australians are also famously thick-skinned!’
    • ‘My persona: friendly, confident and thick-skinned.’
    • ‘For all his claims to resilience in the face of criticism, he is not as thick-skinned as he professes to be.’
    • ‘The only hope of rapping the press's knuckles is to be sufficiently rich and thick-skinned to drag your grievance through the courts.’
    • ‘The approach requires a devil-may-care swagger, a thick skin and also thick-skinned editors, who seem to be in short supply.’
    • ‘I'm thick-skinned, but I have a very sensitive wife and daughter.’
    • ‘A person who wasn't so thick-skinned might actually get upset at the way some people act around here.’
    • ‘You should be thick-skinned as things can get tense on location.’
    • ‘Most of them talked of the abuse they got but were thick-skinned enough to endure it.’
    tough, impervious, unsusceptible, invulnerable, armour-plated, with a hide like an elephant, hardened, case-hardened, insensitive, unfeeling, uncaring
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