A family hike in the woods.
- The definition of a hike is a long outdoor walk, or an upward movement.
- An example of a hike is a trek up a hillside.
- An example of a hike is the pulling up of a droopy sock.
- Hike is defined as to take a long outdoor walk, particularly through a nature area or up a mountain, or to pull up or raise something.
- An example of hike is to walk up a mountain side.
- An example of hike is to raise the price of milk from $2.50 to $4.00.
intransitive verbhiked, hik′ing
- to take a long, vigorous walk; tramp or march, esp. through the country, woods, etc.
- to move up out of place
Origin of hikefrom dialect, dialectal heik, probably akin to hitch
- Informal to pull or jerk up; hoist: to hike up one's socks
- Informal to raise (prices, etc.)
- Football snap (transitive verb)
- a long, vigorous walk
- a moving upward; rise: a price hike
take a hike
verbhiked, hik·ing, hikes
- To go on an extended walk for pleasure or exercise, especially in a natural setting.
- To rise, especially to rise upward out of place: My coat had hiked up in the back.
- To travel over on foot for pleasure or exercise: hiked the Appalachian Trail.
- To increase or raise in amount, especially abruptly: shopkeepers who hiked their prices for the tourist trade.
- To pull or raise with a sudden motion; hitch: hiked myself onto the stone wall; hiked up her knee socks.
- Football To snap (the ball).
- A long walk or march: went for a hike to the lake.
- An often abrupt increase or rise: a price hike.
- Football See snap.
Origin of hikeOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present hikes, present participle hiking, simple past and past participle hiked)
- To take a long walk for pleasure or exercise.
- Don't forget to bring the map when we go hiking tomorrow.
- To unfairly or suddenly raise a price.
- (American football) To snap the ball to start a play.
- (nautical) To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counterbalance the effects of the wind on the sails.
- To pull up or tug upwards sharply.
- She hiked her skirt up.
From English dialectal hyke (“to walk vigorously”), probably a Northern form of hitch, from Middle English hytchen, hichen, icchen (“to move, jerk, stir”). Cognate with Scots hyke (“to move with a jerk”), German dialectal hicken (“to hobble, walk with a limp”), Danish hinke (“to hop”). More at hick.