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[hahy] /haɪ/
verb (used without object), hied, hieing or hying.
to hasten; speed; go in haste.
verb (used with object), hied, hieing or hying.
to hasten (oneself):
Hie yourself down to this once-in-a-lifetime sale!
Origin of hie
before 900; Middle English hien, hyen, Old English hīgian to strive; cognate with Dutch hijgen to pant, Greek kíein to go; Latin ciēre to cause to go
Can be confused
hi, hie, high. Unabridged
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  • Then, hie away, and they were once again in red-hot pursuit.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
  • Dear heart, do hie you abed and sleep in peace, and let other folks do the like!

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Mess over, we all hie out to the two main roads that lead to the Post Exchange, jingling coins in our trouser pockets.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • hie, you sworn jurymen, come forward and convey him thither.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • And so hie remaned upoun his foote, and was tackin, whill the multitud fledd, and took the greattar schame.

  • "hie thee hither, my squires," she called to the younger boys.

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • We will take care for that, young man: but hie thee up again; you will find some change already.

  • Said she, 'hie over to the broker opposite, and bring him hither to me.'

  • But from this world of hate, the night has fled, And I must hie me hence.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • hie tavern was quite empty, for most people were still at work.

British Dictionary definitions for hie


verb hies, hieing, hying, hied
(archaic or poetic) to hurry; hasten; speed
Word Origin
Old English hīgian to strive


(in Scotland) Highlands and Islands Enterprise
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Word Origin and History for hie

Old English higian "strive, hasten," originally "to be intent on," from Proto-Germanic *hig- (cf. Middle Dutch higen "to pant," Middle Low German hichen, German heichen). Related: Hied; hies; hieing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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