Definition of thin-skinned in English:



  • Sensitive to criticism or insults.

    ‘these bloggers sure are a thin-skinned crowd’
    • ‘Clearly they have never seen their thin-skinned hero actually respond to criticism.’
    • ‘Why are these defensive-sounding scientists and thin-skinned writers getting so overexcited?’
    • ‘He shows himself to be an ill-mannered, thin-skinned, easily flattered narcissistic ignoramus, given to stupid jokes, banal observations, casual rudeness and hypocritical pieties.’
    • ‘Craig has always been very thin-skinned that way - he reacts very badly to criticism.’
    • ‘I'm alarmed that people over the age of 16 can act so unpleasantly towards their fellow humans, but I suppose that makes me naive and thin-skinned.’
    • ‘She is a thin-skinned politician who has been wounded by acres of speculation about everything from her dress sense to her sense of humour.’
    • ‘He is a clever bully, brutal in his criticism of others but so thin-skinned that he resorts instantly to the libel laws to cow his own critics.’
    • ‘At the very same time, he was also seen as deeply irascible: thin-skinned, emotionally volatile, easily provoked, quick to take offense.’
    • ‘He was paranoid, obsessive, perfectionist, thin-skinned and self-righteous, and his diary is the long story of a man going mad and taking forty years over it.’
    • ‘Yet he was famously thin-skinned and irascible, as I have good reason to remember, if any criticism became directed at himself.’
    • ‘The rich and powerful, who are notoriously thin-skinned, can all too easily launch a libel action in the UK.’
    • ‘A novelist and playwright himself, this might seem like the special pleading of a thin-skinned but hard-necked writer who fears that his own literary endeavours will never stand up to serious appraisal.’
    • ‘Folks, I submit that somebody this immature and thin-skinned has no business dealing with even 18-year-olds.’
    • ‘Displaying not a little control-freakery, some thin-skinned bloggers - who notoriously shun dissonant views - were quick to welcome the move.’
    • ‘His rule was bedevilled by constant friction with a well-entrenched ‘Anabaptist’ faction, which his thin-skinned, slightly paranoid nature made him too prickly in handling.’
    • ‘Some of us, at certain times of our life, are very sensitive to this and very thin-skinned.’
    • ‘Nice, young, caring, thin-skinned doctors might be psychologically traumatised.’
    • ‘I am not very tough yet, I am not very hardened - at times this sensitivity may make me thin-skinned about criticism.’
    • ‘And we ask: are judges too thin-skinned when it comes to criticism?’
    • ‘From a notoriously thin-skinned TV celebrity to an ageing novelist of the club generation, the pastiches are as transparent as they are hilarious.’
    sensitive, oversensitive, hypersensitive, supersensitive, easily offended, quick to take offence, easily hurt, easily upset, touchy, defensive
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