[ hich-hahyk ]
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verb (used without object),hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.
  1. to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles.

verb (used with object),hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.
  1. to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.

  1. an act or instance of hitchhiking.

Origin of hitchhike

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; hitch1 + hike

Other words from hitchhike

  • hitchhiker, noun

Words Nearby hitchhike

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How to use hitchhike in a sentence

  • "When I was a college kid, I used to hitchhike sometimes," Craig remarked.

    Stamped Caution | Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I didn't have any money, of course, so I had to hitchhike into town.

    Back to Julie | Richard Wilson
  • Maybe after he decided where he was going he would hitchhike.

    Jerry's Charge Account | Hazel Hutchins Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for hitchhike


/ (ˈhɪtʃˌhaɪk) /

  1. (intr) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles

Derived forms of hitchhike

  • hitchhiker, noun

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