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

Examples of calloused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His hands were deeply calloused and rough, like a barefoot runner’s feet. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 But few calloused foreign correspondents would write so ingenuously. The Economist, "Running with Samantha Power," 27 Sep. 2019 To demonstrate, John Plant, the YouTuber behind the channel Primitive Technologies, flashes his torn up mitts for the camera, scratching at the yellow sores on his already dirty and calloused hands. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of calloused

1793, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Calloused.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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