cal·​loused ˈka-ləst How to pronounce calloused (audio)
variants or callused
: having calluses
the calloused hands of a manual laborer
calloused feet

Examples of calloused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York punk scene inspired sonic experimentation in multiple directions, from the aggression of the Ramones to the tightly wound funk of Talking Heads to the calloused poetry of Ms. Smith. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2023 Chase Rice still remembers his father's rough and calloused hands. Tricia Despres, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 May their hearts not become calloused or hard, but refresh them in Christ. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 30 Jan. 2023 His hair was white, but his tanned, rectangular face was that of a much younger man; his hands were large and roughly calloused. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2023 In the weeks to follow, the pair battled 30 mph winds, subfreezing temperatures, calloused hands, knee-deep mud and water up to the doors of their tents. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2023 The lead driller, Dennis Duling, a 61-year-old former farmer with a gray beard, sat in the control room, his calloused hand on a mouse, surveying sensor readings on a computer. Douglas Fox, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2013 No matter that Larry was in many ways a conventional man from rural America: great at building things, gruff in voice and demeanor, traditionally manly in almost every other way down to his calloused hands. Jose A. Del Real, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2022 Among those benefiting is Abraham Molina, who is 36, has worked in the coal mines for 22 years and has the calloused hands to show for it. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calloused was in 1793

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“Calloused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or callused
: callous sense 2
calloused hands

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