verb (used without object), hiked, hik·ing.
verb (used with object), hiked, hik·ing.
Origin of hike
Synonyms for hike
Related Words for take a hikefly, quit, move, retire, start, withdraw, escape, go, flee, disappear, separate, depart, disengage, leave, eliminate, retreat, bolt, vacate, forsake, betray
Word Origin for hike
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.
take a hike
Go hiking; also, go away. For example, We asked Jim to take a hike with us but he didn't want to, or I've had enough of you—take a hike! The latter usage is a slangy imperative. Also see take a walk.
see take a hike.