Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible.
  • adj. Having abnormally dry, stiff skin that adheres closely to the underlying flesh. Used of domestic animals such as cattle.
  • adj. Having the bark so contracted and unyielding as to hinder growth. Used of trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bound with the hide of an animal.
  • adj. Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised.
  • adj. Having the bark so close and constricting that it impedes the growth.
  • adj. Stubborn; narrow-minded.
  • adj. Niggardly; penurious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised; -- said of an animal.
  • adj. Having the bark so close and constricting that it impedes the growth; -- said of trees.
  • adj. Untractable; bigoted; obstinately and blindly or stupidly conservative.
  • adj. Niggardly; penurious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bound tightly by the hide, as an animal, or by the bark, as a tree: said of a horse, etc., when, from emaciation or other cause, the hide on its back or ribs cannot be loosened or raised in folds with the fingers; of a tree or a root, when the bark is so close or unyielding as to impede its growth.
  • Hence Obstinately set in opinion or purpose; narrow-minded; bigoted; stubborn; unyielding: as, a hidebound partizan.
  • Shut tightly; closed fast; hence, closefisted; stingy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded

Etymologies

hide +‎ bound (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The real point is that words themselves 'live' and change and cannot remain hidebound to previously understood meanings alone.

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  • The real point is that words themselves "live" and change and cannot remain hidebound to previously understood meanings alone.

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  • [W] ords themselves 'live' and change and cannot remain hidebound to previously understood meanings alone.

    Balkinization

  • Their exclusion was an expression hidebound prejudice, rearing its head in the institution which more than all others should be liberal in thought.

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  • What Democratic lawmakers describe as a hidebound decision by Gov.

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  • Humankind's salvation is in their solar plexuses and not in their minds and in all that imaginary bullshit our minds accept as hidebound truth "hidebound" meaning some damn silly manmade book that supposedly contains OUR/THEIR god's HOLY WRIT.

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  • The animal becomes poor in flesh, the coat is rough and lusterless, and the skin tight and harsh, producing a condition termed "hidebound," with considerable "tucking up" of the abdomen.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • The fibrous bundles of the true skin contain plain, muscular fibers, which are not controlled by the will, but contract under the influence of cold and under certain nervous influences, as in some skin diseases and in the chill of a fever, and lead to contraction, tightening, or corrugation of the skin, contributing to produce the "hidebound" of the horseman.

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  • Potatoes fed in a raw state to stock are laxative in their effects, and are often given to horses as a medicine in cases of "hidebound" with decided benefit.

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  • Robert Burchfield, in the third edition of Fowler’s, calls the hidebound resistance to the in front of the Greek phrase “an attempt to force Greek grammar on the receiving language.”

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