- 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
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Examples from the Web for hiker
He was a quiet kid, a hiker and hunter, smart enough to graduate at the head of Harrison High.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
As a hiker, I thought Strayed was a knucklehead—but a likable one.Book Bag: Timothy Egan’s Five Favorite Travel Books
October 23, 2012
A hiker told a French newspaper how he came across the bodies of four people gunned down in a forest car park in the French Alps.Hiker Recounts Grisly Murder Scene in French Alps
September 12, 2012
A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released last year on $500,000 bail.Iran Hikers Almost Free
July 30, 2011
A hiker was mauled to death by a grizzly in Yellowstone this week, the latest in a rash of attacks.How to Not Get Eaten
July 9, 2011
Exclusively for the use of the hiker the simplest of tent forms will answer.Touring Afoot
Claude Powell Fordyce
I may say here that Mr. Smith is a veteran and inveterate "hiker."A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country
Thomas Dykes Beasley
"Get on to the Hiker," (countryman) said Patsy to Joe, and they both laughed.The Autobiography of a Thief
This will prove, upon investigation, to be a hiker, or maybe two or more.Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia
Carrie Hunter Willis
Though quite shy, they are often seen along the many miles of trail which are accessible to both rider and hiker.Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park
United States Dept. of the Interior
- (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 hiker
1913, agent noun from hike (v.). Earlier as a type of boat:
The "hiker" or "tuck-up" as it is more generally termed, is a craft peculiar to the Delaware River, and is to the youth residing along the banks of that stream what the racing shell is to the Torontonian .... The origin of the name "hiker" is veiled in mystery. No member of the clubs engaged in sailing these boats can give anything like a satisfactory derivation of the word. The most common explanation is that it is corrupted from the local verb "to hike," which means to run or fly swiftly. ["Harper's Young People," 1885]
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 hiker
see take a hike.