[ hahyk ]
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verb (used without object),hiked, hik·ing.
  1. to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.

  2. 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.

  1. Nautical. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.

verb (used with object),hiked, hik·ing.
  1. to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up): to hike up one's socks.

  2. to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly: to hike the price of milk.

  1. a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.

  2. an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected: a hike in wages.

Idioms about hike

  1. take a hike, Slang. to go away because one's company is not desired.

Origin of hike

First recorded in 1800–10; perhaps dialectal variant of hitch1

Other words for hike

Other words from hike

  • hiker, noun

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How to use hike in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hike


/ (haɪk) /

  1. (intr) to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, esp in the country

  2. (usually foll by up) to pull or be pulled; hitch

  1. (tr) to increase (a price)

  1. a long walk

  2. a rise in prices, wages, etc

Origin of hike

C18: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of hike

  • hiker, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hike


see take a hike.

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