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Alternative formsEdit

  • hide-bound (less common)


hide (animal skin, noun) +‎ bound (tied, adj)



hidebound (comparative more hidebound, superlative most hidebound)

  1. Bound with the hide of an animal.
    • 1992, Winifred Barr Rothenberg, From Market-places to a Market Economy: The Transformation of Rural Massachusetts, 1750-1850, page 58:
      Open the box in which his large hidebound book is kept. The faint smell of manure, over 150 years old, still rises from thick yellowing pages, and you begin to live his life.
    • 1992, T. O. Madden, We Were Always Free: A 200-Year Family History, published 2005 (reprint), page 61:
      But no matter where their place of residence, they were always accompanied by the hidebound chest that held the family papers.
  2. (of a domestic animal) Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised; emaciated.
  3. (of trees) Having the bark so close and constricting that it impedes the growth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  4. (of a person) Stubborn; narrow-minded; inflexible.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Carlyle to this entry?)
  5. (obsolete) Niggardly; penurious; stingy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Quarles to this entry?)

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