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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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Examples from the Web for hies
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  • With this she hies away to Alischar to make him acquainted with her success.

  • But the schoolboy has his lessons to do, and he hies himself to his final task.


    Horace Barnett Samuel
  • He hies himself there and revels in the delights of a perfect dinner.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Like all great prima-donnas, Madame Melba has a beautiful home of her own, and a country place to which she hies in the summer.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Judge Davis hies himself away to the splendid excitement of his Eastern metropolitan practise.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Taking her babe on her back, neatly slung in her skin cloak, Nakeesa hies her to a likely spot.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • He leaves the old homestead, the quiet village, the country people, and hies himself to the city.

  • He will never set more to the brave; Let us pour to the hero the dirge of death, For to-morrow he hies to the grave.

  • From languor's sullen bands His limbs are loos'd, and eager, on he hies Dazzled to trace it in the sunny skies.

    Endymion John Keats
  • And now, satisfied that no blood is to be spilt, the Muse hies gladly to a very different scene.

    The Astonishing History of Troy Town

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for hies


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



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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