- Callous is defined as cruel or insensitive.
If you laugh at someone who is hurting and don't offer to help, this is an example of when you arecallous; a callous laugh.
- usually calloused
- having calluses
- thick and hardened
- lacking pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling
Origin of callousMiddle English ; from Classical Latin callosus ; from callum, hard skin
- Having calluses; toughened: callous skin on the elbow.
- Emotionally hardened; unfeeling: a callous indifference to the suffering of others.
tr. & intr.v.cal·loused, cal·lous·ing, cal·lous·es
Origin of callousMiddle English, from Old French cailleux, from Latin callōsus, from callum, hard skin.
(comparative more callous, superlative most callous)
From Latin callōsus (“hard-skinned”), from callum (“hardened skin”) + -ōsus.