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[hich-hahyk] /ˈhɪtʃˌhaɪk/
verb (used without object), hitchhiked, hitchhiking.
to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles.
verb (used with object), hitchhiked, hitchhiking.
to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.
an act or instance of hitchhiking.
Origin of hitchhike
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; hitch1 + hike
Related forms
hitchhiker, noun Unabridged
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  • "When I was a college kid, I used to hitchhike sometimes," Craig remarked.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I didn't have any money, of course, so I had to hitchhike into town.

    Back to Julie Richard Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for hitchhike


(intransitive) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles
Derived Forms
hitchhiker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hitchhike

1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from hitch, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike. Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hitchhike



To get free rides by standing beside a road and signaling drivers; hitch, thumb (1923+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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