Definition of hidebound adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaɪdbaʊnd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪdbaʊnd//
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having old-fashioned ideas, rather than accepting new ways of thinking synonym narrow-minded She wanted a life that was less hidebound by rules and conventions. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun denoting a malnourished condition of cattle): from hide ‘animal skin’ + bound ‘restrained’. The earliest sense of the adjective (referring to cattle) was extended to emaciated human beings, and then applied figuratively in the sense ‘narrow in outlook’.
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