thin skin

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of thin skin

: a tendency to get easily upset or offended by the things other people say or do
  • He has such a thin skin that he can't even take a little good-natured teasing.

Word by Word Definitions

thin play
  1. : having little extent from one surface to its opposite

  2. : measuring little in cross section or diameter

  3. : not dense in arrangement or distribution

  1. : to make thin or thinner:

  2. : to reduce in thickness or depth : attenuate

  3. : to make less dense or viscous

  1. : in a thin manner : thinly

skin play
  1. : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers

  2. : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)

  3. : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal

  1. : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of

  2. : to strip or peel off

  3. : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of

  1. : devoted to showing nudes


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