verb (used without object), hiked, hik·ing.

verb (used with object), hiked, hik·ing.

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

First recorded in 1800–10; perhaps dialectal variant of hitch1
Related formshik·er, noun

Synonyms for hike

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Contemporary Examples of hiking

Historical Examples of hiking

  • Why, in my hiking to the Neva's bank and doing away with myself.

    Poor Folk

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • We've only allowed them about a pint a day each, same as us, when they've been hiking steady.

    The Rogue Elephant

    Elliott Whitney

  • 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.

  • I know how hard it is to start after a body hasnt been hiking.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

British Dictionary definitions for hiking



(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
Derived Formshiker, noun

Word Origin for hike

C18: of uncertain origin
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hiking


see take a hike.

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