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[hahyd-bound] /ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd/
narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible:
a hidebound pedant.
oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative:
a hidebound philosopher.
(of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide.
Origin of hidebound
First recorded in 1550-60; hide2 + -bound1
Related forms
hideboundness, noun Unabridged
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  • I am thankful that Lady Hamilton and I are not hidebound by any such superstitions.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • Not depraved, certainly, unless you insist on judging it by a hidebound ethic.

    Earthsmith Milton Lesser
  • It is more free and easy, not so hidebound and overrun with hypocrisy.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • He comes from a part of the country that's not so hidebound by caste as this country.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • The Amphibs were, in their way, as hidebound—no pun intended—as the Land-walkers.

    Rastignac the Devil Philip Jos Farmer
  • In the matter of evening costume, you see, Jeeves is hidebound and reactionary.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Now this young zealot was a man of imagination, hidebound only in his traditions.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • But I should be sorry for you to think me hidebound in my prejudices.

    The Yellow Crayon E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for hidebound


restricted by petty rules, a conservative attitude, etc
(of cattle, etc) having the skin closely attached to the flesh as a result of poor feeding
(of trees) having a very tight bark that impairs growth
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Word Origin and History for hidebound

1550s, from hide (n.1) + past tense of bind (v.). Original reference is to emaciated cattle with skin sticking closely to backbones and ribs; metaphoric sense of "restricted by narrow attitudes" is first recorded c.1600.

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