verb (used without object), hied, hie·ing or hy·ing.

to hasten; speed; go in haste.

verb (used with object), hied, hie·ing or hy·ing.

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 confusedhi hie high
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Examples from the Web for hied

Historical Examples of hied

  • But the hussy only laughed and dodged the blows, and then hied off to her lover.

  • When rested and refreshed, he hied again to the front and the conflict.

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • No citizen of Mizora ever hied to the country for pure water and fresh air.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • As they through the land of Sweden hied, The folks received them with joy and pride.

    Finnish Arts


  • In great glee he hied himself to the ring, after the race, to collect his winnings.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for hied


abbreviation for

(in Scotland) Highlands and Islands Enterprise


verb hies, hieing, hying or hied

archaic, or poetic to hurry; hasten; speed

Word Origin for hie

Old English hīgian to strive
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Word Origin and History for hied



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.

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