- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
Word Origin and History for hidebound
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper