from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely or excessively sensitive.

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  • adj. Having excessive sensitivity; reacting to stimuli too readily; thin-skinned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unduly sensitive or thin-skinned


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  • The label oversensitive will almost certainly be one of the first that comes to your mind about him, I'd wager.

    "You might be smart enough to play chez Althouse, but you have got to try much harder. Get out of the boys' club..."

  • Hmmm ... on sensitivity, i think i have always been sensitive, i used to wipe my body if someone mistakenly touched it, i think i've changed though .... being oversensitive is not good.

    Cats on Tuesdays: Becoming my Cats

  • When he slipped through an ice bridge near the White Horse and froze his foot, tender yet and oversensitive from the previous freezing, the Indians looked for him to lie up.

    The One Thousand Dozen

  • As to why I am "oversensitive" -- go read the internet.

    American Super (Sized) Heroes

  • Jeffery, poor Point Man, who is calling you "oversensitive"?

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Yaaaaa, everyone careful with Jeffery the Point Man ... he thinks he's being "oversensitive" ... or wants us to think that we are accusing him of being "oversensitive" or ... what the hell is it Jeffery the Point Man forking wants here?

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Over course, one would be "oversensitive" to suggest that there's anything inappropriate about calling Clinton "the first black president".

    Obama Surrogate: He Will Be "First Woman President"

  • What kind of oversensitive chicken little is it who would think white folks would have a problem with a black guy being President?

    Matthew Yglesias » Stereotypes

  • And it is silencing to be told that what has happened to you really did not and that it is all a result of your being "oversensitive" or "having a chip on your shoulder."

    "All That Yellow Wasted"

  • When wielded badly, layers of intended and unintended analogy can lead to really stunning outrages (which will instantly be written off as "oversensitive" by people who are undersensitive, of course - part of the reason metaphors are powerful and dangerous is because they're so often obscured).

    Kate Harding's Shapely Prose


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