Definition of hidebound in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhīdˌbound/


Unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention: you are hidebound by your petty laws
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  • Martha, Mary and their friends at the Women's Centre are trying to do their bit for the feminist movement but are usually thwarted by the intransigence of conventional outlooks and hidebound attitudes to gender.
  • This is the kind of step that is quite often made in science by a junior researcher, not yet hidebound by tradition.
  • It needs someone immediately capable of cutting through the company's notoriously intractable bureaucracy and hidebound engineering culture.
conservative, reactionary, conventional, orthodox;
fundamentalist, diehard, hardline, dyed-in-the-wool, set in one's ways, unyielding, inflexible;
narrow-minded, small-minded, intolerant, uncompromising, rigid;
prejudiced, bigoted


Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting a condition of cattle): from hide2 + bound4. The earliest sense of the adjective (of cattle) was extended to emaciated human beings, and then applied figuratively in the sense 'narrow, cramped, or bigoted in outlook'.

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Syllabification: hide·bound

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