Definition of hike in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīk/


1A long walk, especially in the country or wilderness.
Example sentences
  • Don't let April showers deter you from getting outside for a walk, hike or bike ride.
  • Go on a hike or nature walk in the wilderness two hours from your hometown.
  • Finally, I overcame my former urban aversion to outdoor clubs, and began joining weekend day hikes and bird walks.
walk, trek, tramp, trudge, slog, footslog, march;
1.1 informal A long distance.
2A sharp increase, especially in price: fears of a hike in interest rates
More example sentences
  • That means the economy has expanded by 2.7%, but it is all due to inflation, and a hike in the cost of goods and services.
  • The project hit a road block soon after the Assembly elections, when the contractor stopped the work, demanding a hike in the project cost.
  • BDA terminated the contract as the contractor failed to meet deadlines, besides demanding a hike in the estimated cost.
3 American Football A snap: he takes the hike, drops back, and fakes to his right


1 [no object] Walk for a long distance, especially across country or in the woods: we planned to hike another mile up a steep trail (as noun hiking) she enjoys hiking and climbing in her spare time
More example sentences
  • Both couples began to hike retracing the path that the van had traveled.
  • Activities as diverse as gymnastics, football, hiking, and skateboarding provide plenty of opportunities.
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens offers visitors the choice of four hiking trails that wind around five waterfalls and through a tropical forest.
walk, trek, tramp, tromp, trudge, slog, footslog, march;
ramble, rove, traipse
informal hoof it, leg it
2 [with object] Pull or lift up (something, especially clothing): he hiked up his sweatpants and marched to the door
More example sentences
  • Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.
  • Her skirt was hiked up so far most of her underwear was visible, and her shirt was half torn.
  • I could just tell her skirt was hiked up a little too far.
hitch up, pull up, hoist, lift, raise
informal yank up
2.1Increase (something, especially a price) sharply: some of the local merchants hiked the price of goods
More example sentences
  • As long as ticket prices are not hiked up to support a ridiculous pay structure of players then I am happy.
  • Tax increases hiked the prices of tobacco and some luxury goods.
  • So while hiking the cover price may increase subscription revenue, it may well do so to the overall financial detriment of the paper.
increase, raise, up, put up, boost up, mark up, push up, inflate
informal jack up, bump up
3 American Football Snap (a football).
Example sentences
  • We, in effect, treated them as footballs and hiked, and passed and went out for catches in the office.
  • Once the ball was hiked all that I could make of the game was lots of running and mud-slinging.


take a hike

[usually in imperative] informal, chiefly North American Go away (used as an expression of irritation or annoyance).
Example sentences
  • At the end of its first season, Carmel had a salary dispute with Señor Arnaz and took a hike - or at least, that was the official story.
  • I wanna tell her to take a hike, Jack, like that guy told my dad when we went to Canada that one summer.
  • What are we waiting for to tell the bankers to take a hike and become financially autonomous?


Early 19th century (originally dialect, as a verb): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hike

alike, bike, haik, like, mic, mike, mislike, pike, psych, psyche, shrike, spike, strike, trike, tyke, Van Dyck, vandyke

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