: having a thin skin or rind
thin-skinned oranges
: unduly susceptible to criticism or insult : touchy

Examples of thin-skinned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump, who is notoriously thin-skinned, has been unable to escape the barb since. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2023 The restaurant’s Nepali jhol momos—juicy thin-skinned dumplings stuffed with beef, chicken, or goat and swimming in a broth of chicken stock, tomatoes, and chili peppers—are not to be missed. Caroline Shin, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2023 The general rule is that thin-skinned veggies will want to stay in the high-humidity crisper drawer that has its air vent closed—think lettuce, squash, and cucumbers. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 21 Aug. 2023 While many venture capitalists view themselves as iconoclasts, some are thin-skinned and lash out at negative coverage. Leo Schwartz, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2023 In some circles, college students are seen as too thin-skinned to listen to a wide range of views. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Rodgers is notoriously thin-skinned. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2023 The other businessmen, like Robert (Jones) and the billionaire Maxwells (Roger Allam plays shady patriarch Robert and Anthony Boyle is his thin-skinned son, Kevin), couldn’t care less about the inventor. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2023 Users immediately started to speculate the warning was there because Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, recently became the CEO of Twitter and is notoriously thin-skinned. Matt Novak, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thin-skinned was in 1598

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“Thin-skinned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thin-skinned. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having a thin skin
thin-skinned oranges
: easily bothered by criticism or insult

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