Definition of thin-skinned in US English:



  • Sensitive to criticism or insults.

    ‘these bloggers sure are a thin-skinned crowd’
    • ‘Craig has always been very thin-skinned that way - he reacts very badly to criticism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Some of us, at certain times of our life, are very sensitive to this and very thin-skinned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rich and powerful, who are notoriously thin-skinned, can all too easily launch a libel action in the UK.’
    • ‘From a notoriously thin-skinned TV celebrity to an ageing novelist of the club generation, the pastiches are as transparent as they are hilarious.’
    • ‘Displaying not a little control-freakery, some thin-skinned bloggers - who notoriously shun dissonant views - were quick to welcome the move.’
    • ‘Yet he was famously thin-skinned and irascible, as I have good reason to remember, if any criticism became directed at himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am not very tough yet, I am not very hardened - at times this sensitivity may make me thin-skinned about criticism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nice, young, caring, thin-skinned doctors might be psychologically traumatised.’
    • ‘And we ask: are judges too thin-skinned when it comes to criticism?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the very same time, he was also seen as deeply irascible: thin-skinned, emotionally volatile, easily provoked, quick to take offense.’
    • ‘Folks, I submit that somebody this immature and thin-skinned has no business dealing with even 18-year-olds.’
    • ‘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.’
    sensitive, oversensitive, hypersensitive, supersensitive, easily offended, quick to take offence, easily hurt, easily upset, touchy, defensive
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