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 cal′loused
- having calluses
- thick and hardened
- lacking, or showing a lack of, 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
Usage Note: Do not confuse the adjective callous, as in Years of dealing with criminals had left her callous, with the noun callus, as in I have a callus on my thumb. Also, do not confuse the verb callous, which means “to make or become callous,” with the verb callus “to form or develop hardened tissue.”
(comparative more callous, superlative most callous)