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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Related Words for hies

rush, hurry, speed, expedite, scurry, haste

Examples from the Web for hies

Historical Examples of hies

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hies


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 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.

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