cal·​loused | \ ˈka-ləst How to pronounce calloused (audio) \
variants: or callused

Definition of calloused

: having calluses the calloused hands of a manual laborer calloused feet

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This is cooking for millennials, who lack the calloused fingers or grit of an old-time cook. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Surprising Rewards of Meal Kits," 30 Nov. 2018 Despite its massive fan base, Baby Foot isn't the only exfoliator that can bring rough, calloused feet back to life. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 7 Best Foot Peels and Scrubs to Exfoliate Rough, Calloused Feet," 10 Sep. 2018 Self, a driller by profession, was known as an earth mover, a fabricator, a welder, a framer with calloused hands but a tender touch, the Go Fund Me post said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "GoFundMe for man killed in drill-rig collapse: 'A daughter’s first love, a son’s first hero'," 26 May 2018 There are plenty of examples of experience changing the body, from calloused feet to bulging biceps. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea," 19 Apr. 2018 And his outward lack of any emotion about his messy public breach with the president and the Mercer family struck some not as the calloused indifference of a political operative but as nihilistic. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart Post," 9 Jan. 2018 The testimony of Newell's mother, sister, co-conspirators and his own admission to East Cleveland police detectives painted a cold and calloused picture of Breanna Fluitt's last night alive. Cory Shaffer,, "Gang member guilty in 'cold-blooded, cowardly' murder of East Cleveland teen girl," 1 Nov. 2017 His calloused hand pulled his baseball cap low against the Louisiana sun, then followed the cane down to where the stalk emerged from dirt. Ted Jackson,, "Sugarlands - The Untold Story," 20 Aug. 2017 Lingering are beaten-up F-150 trucks with giant American flags as their only point of pride, and desperate shirtless men use their dirty, calloused hands to fight to survive and to fight each other. The Root, "#TheRootTrip: A Ghost of the Green Book in Phoenix," 13 June 2017

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1793, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of calloused

: having hard and thick skin : having calluses


variants: or callused \ ˈkal-​əst How to pronounce callused (audio) \

Medical Definition of calloused

: callous sense 2 calloused hands

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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