verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hijack
British Dictionary definitions for hijack
Word Origin for hijack
Word Origin and History for hijack
1922, American English, perhaps from high(way) + jacker "one who holds up." Originally "to rob (a bootlegger, smuggler, etc.) in transit;" sense of "seizing an aircraft in flight" is 1968 (also in 1961 variant skyjack), extended 1970s to any form of public transportation. Related: Hijacked; hijacking.