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 Hunt plucked the key from his palm, which was noticeably soft, not the calloused palm of a fisherman. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 And Britton Hollingsworth gives peacemaker Jimmy a charming sweetness under his calloused hands. Matthew J. Palm,, "IceHouse ‘Miracle’ is a comic yet sensitive holiday gift | Review," 15 Nov. 2020 Considering all Dygert has endured, no athlete is more calloused. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Olympics Insider: If anyone can come back from crash, Chloe Dygert can," 26 Sep. 2020 After a couple of months of intense neighborhood power-walking and jogging, most athletic shoes leave the balls of my feet worn and calloused. Dara Kapoor,, "I Tried the APL Shoes Celebrities Are Obsessed With—and Here’s My Honest Review," 20 Aug. 2020 The assailant was described as a male, 25 to 40 yrs old, wearing dark pants and a black hoodie, with rough and calloused hands. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Jogger escapes assailant in Pima County," 24 Apr. 2020 His hands were strong and calloused and so much bigger than mine. Gemma Hartley, Glamour, "Women Always Have to Work Harder to Win—Even at the Gym," 1 Apr. 2020 The stance could be misconstrued as either overly optimistic or calloused. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Amid coronavirus uncertainty, NFL resolute in staying the course for 2020 season — for now," 31 Mar. 2020 Yet over nine years of continuous war in Syria, the world has largely become calloused to violence there – no matter how grisly. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Violence In Syria Stokes Fears Of A Coming ‘Bloodbath.’ Will Trump Act?," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of calloused

1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Calloused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 calloused (audio) \

Medical Definition of calloused

: callous sense 2 calloused hands

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