- 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 hiking
They did "wholesome things like hiking and hanging out at home."Boy Shaves Stash, Gets the Girl: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Forever
August 21, 2014
So, when she died I started doing yoga, hiking, and really do some deeper look into me and my purpose and all of that.‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win
May 20, 2014
Perfect for wildlife watching, hiking trails snake through canyons beside the swirling Rio Grande in the US-Mexico borderlands.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
The first search and rescue mission mapped an effort to find two friends who had gone missing while hiking in the Peruvian Andes.Now You Can Hunt for Flight 370
March 12, 2014
Most come for the beaches, jungles, hiking paths, luxury resorts, and the temples of neighboring Cambodia.Going Back to Vietnam Is Sometimes Amusing, Often Fraught, and Always Surreal
March 9, 2014
Why, in my hiking to the Neva's bank and doing away with myself.Poor Folk
We've only allowed them about a pint a day each, same as us, when they've been hiking steady.The Rogue Elephant
On a hiking trip the combined fry pan and baker will be used.Touring Afoot
Claude Powell Fordyce
We'll get in some fishing and hiking and perhaps some hunting.Doom of the House of Duryea
I know how hard it is to start after a body hasnt been hiking.Betty Lee, Sophomore
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- (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 hiking
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 hiking
see take a hike.