[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hide out,
  2. hide-a-bed,
  3. hide-and-seek,
  4. hideaway,
  5. hideaway bed,
  6. hideosity,
  7. hideous,
  8. hideously,
  9. hideousness,
  10. hideout

Origin of hidebound

First recorded in 1550–60; hide2 + -bound1

Related formshide·bound·ness, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hidebound

British Dictionary definitions for hidebound


/ (ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper