- to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
- to move up or rise, as out of place or position (often followed by up): My shirt hikes up if I don't wear a belt.
- Nautical. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.
- to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up): to hike up one's socks.
- to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly: to hike the price of milk.
- a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
- an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected: a hike in wages.
- take a hike, Slang. to go away because one's company is not desired.
Origin of hike
SynonymsSee more synonyms for hike on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for hiked
We hiked a mile or so to a spot closer to a busy paved road than the fire road.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
Later, we hiked up a picturesque trail to the Dovbush rocks, which are a sort of local Stonehenge.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea
July 14, 2014
At 19, she hiked the Appalachian Trail with friends and went to work on a cattle ranch in Texas.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
Your interest rates might be hiked by the ideological overreach and incompetence on Capitol Hill.Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Like a Toxic Groundhog Day on Capitol Hill
October 16, 2013
I hiked the Cinque Terre with Dan, and have gotten dozens of early reads from him.Jess Walter: How I Write
February 20, 2013
After he had made the cache we'll say that he hiked off to try to find a settlement.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
I know because once Daisy and I hiked and hiked, meaning to follow it to the end.The Girl Scouts' Good Turn
And a little while ago she quit Quien Sabe and hiked out to 'Frisco.The Octopus
And we hiked for your house as soon as we landed, added Bert.Tom Fairfield in Camp
They got their meat and have hiked out for that island in the river, Chet said, sternly.The Trail Boys on the Plains
Jay Winthrop Allen
- (intr) to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, esp in the country
- (usually foll by up) to pull or be pulled; hitch
- (tr) to increase (a price)
- a long walk
- a rise in prices, wages, etc
Word Origin and History for hiked
1809, hyke "to walk vigorously," an English dialectal word of unknown origin. A yike from 1736 answers to the sense.
HIKE, v. to go away. It is generally used in a contemptuous sense. Ex. "Come, hike," i.e. take yourself off; begone. [Rev. Robert Forby, "The Vocabulary of East Anglia," London, 1830]
Sense of "pull up" (as pants) first recorded 1873 in American English, and may be a variant of hitch; extended sense of "raise" (as wages) is 1867. Related: Hiked; hiking. The noun is from 1865.
Idioms and Phrases with hiked
see take a hike.