hidebound

[ hahyd-bound ]
/ ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd /

adjective

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.

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Origin of hidebound

First recorded in 1550–60; hide2 + -bound1

OTHER WORDS FROM hidebound

hideboundness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hidebound

hidebound
/ (ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd) /

adjective

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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