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hitchhike

[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.
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verb (used with object), hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.
  1. to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of hitchhiking.
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Origin of hitchhike

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; hitch1 + hike
Related formshitch·hik·er, noun
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  • He described the hitchhiker incident, but Coogan listened stoically.

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British Dictionary definitions for hitchhiker

hitchhike

verb
  1. (intr) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles
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Derived Formshitchhiker, noun
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Word Origin and History for hitchhiker

hitchhike

1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from hitch, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike. Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927.

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