- 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
Related Words for hideboundantipathetic, averse, biased, bigoted, communist, conservative, contemptuous, dictatorial, disdainful, dogmatic, fanatical, fractious, hateful, illiberal, indignant, individualistic, inflexible, irate, irritable, jaundiced
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Contemporary Examples of hidebound
The GOP is still struggling to shed its hidebound, out-of-touch image, especially with voters not yet drawing Social Security.Why America Needs Cheney. No, the Other Cheney.
April 23, 2014
Change is a necessary part of life, even in hidebound Washington.Odd Ideas, Short Tempers, Great Abs
January 4, 2013
Historical Examples of hidebound
I am thankful that Lady Hamilton and I are not hidebound by any such superstitions.The Admiral
Not depraved, certainly, unless you insist on judging it by a hidebound ethic.Earthsmith
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
The Amphibs were, in their way, as hidebound—no pun intended—as the Land-walkers.Rastignac the Devil
Philip Jos Farmer
- 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