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[hahyk] /haɪk/
verb (used without object), hiked, hiking.
1.
to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
2.
to move up or rise, as out of place or position (often followed by up):
My shirt hikes up if I don't wear a belt.
3.
Nautical. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.
verb (used with object), hiked, hiking.
4.
to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up):
to hike up one's socks.
5.
to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly:
to hike the price of milk.
noun
6.
a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
7.
an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected:
a hike in wages.
Idioms
8.
take a hike, Slang. to go away because one's company is not desired.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; perhaps dialectal variant of hitch1
Related forms
hiker, noun
Synonyms
1. tramp, ramble, trek, trudge, backpack.
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Examples from the web for hiking
  • Bring water-plus your hiking boots and mountain bike.
  • We make sure to get in lots of fishing, hiking and rock climbing.
  • hiking, cycling and cooking good food at home are as satisfying as driving expensive cars and eating at fancy restaurants.
  • Perhaps we'll spend more time hiking and biking and less time buying.
  • Fuel indicator window reminds you to refill before hiking into the wilderness.
  • These blinders can last up to eight hours on a hiking path, underwater or wherever you would otherwise use a flashlight.
  • When you go hiking, you wear a proper pair of hiking boots.
  • Summer is fast approaching, and it's a great time for hiking.
  • These interventions range from scenic viewing platforms and bicycle storage shelters to rest stations and hiking paths.
  • Part of the fun of hiking in the woods is the treat of coming across a bush chock-full of wild berries.
British Dictionary definitions for hiking

hike

/haɪk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, esp in the country
2.
(usually foll by up) to pull or be pulled; hitch
3.
(transitive) to increase (a price)
noun
4.
a long walk
5.
a rise in prices, wages, etc
Derived Forms
hiker, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hiking

hike

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hiking

hike

noun

: The government got a big tax hike

verb
  1. To raise; increase; boost: They won't hike our wages this year (1867+)
  2. hike a check
Related Terms

take a hike

[fr mid-1800s term hike up, ''go or raise up,'' related to hoick of the same meaning, both probably fr the asi dialectal sense ''go, go about'']


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