Definition of hidebound
1 of a domestic animal : having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh
2 : having an inflexible or ultraconservative character
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Examples of hidebound in a sentence
the hidebound innkeeper refused to see the need for a Web site, insisting that the inn had done without one for over 150 years
Did You Know?
Hidebound has its origins in agriculture. The word, which appeared in English as hyde bounde in the 16th century, originally described cattle that, due to illness or poor feeding, had skin that clung to the skeleton and could not be pinched, loosened, or worked with the fingers. Hidebound has also been applied to humans - both literally, to describe people with tight skin, and figuratively. In its earliest figurative usage, hidebound meant "stingy" or "miserly." That sense has since fallen out of use, but a second figurative usage, describing people who are rigid or unyielding in their actions or beliefs, lives on in our language today.
First Known Use of hidebound
HIDEBOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hidebound for English Language Learners
: not willing to accept new or different ideas
Medical Definition of hidebound
1: having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh—used of domestic animals
2: having scleroderma—used of human beings
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