: having a thick skin : pachydermatous
: impervious to criticism
became thick-skinned about his own work

Examples of thick-skinned in a Sentence

was so thick-skinned that she was clueless about the fact that the joke had hurt her friend's feelings
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thick-skinned was circa 1545

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“Thick-skinned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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: having a thick skin
: not easily bothered by criticism or insult

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