[muhs-uh l-bound]


having enlarged and inelastic muscles, as from excessive exercise.
rigid; inflexible: musclebound rules.

Origin of musclebound

First recorded in 1875–80; muscle + -bound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of muscle-bound

  • And I'm glad to see your mind isn't as muscle-bound as your body.


    Harry Harrison

  • I'm not going to try and cure this planet full of muscle-bound sharpshooters.


    Harry Harrison

  • The man was not muscle-bound, after all, and he could drive a blow like a trip-hammer.

  • In the early months of the war our democratic processes were muscle-bound.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • It can dwarf a warm hand into a cold, hard, muscle-bound fist.

British Dictionary definitions for muscle-bound



having overdeveloped and inelastic muscles
lacking flexibility
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Word Origin and History for muscle-bound

1879, from muscle (n.) + bound, past participle of bind (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

muscle-bound in Medicine



Having inelastic, overdeveloped muscles that function poorly together for concerted action.
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