Definition of hike in English:

hike

noun

  • 1A long walk or walking tour:

    ‘a five-mile hike across rough terrain’
    • ‘Just in case, she kept her pace a fine degree between a weary trudge and a brisk hike.’
    • ‘The operation has allowed him to walk again and to join his wife, Bernice, on hikes with the Rochdale Rovers walking club.’
    • ‘On the trip we got in some long walks and hikes in between stretches of driving.’
    • ‘Her invigorating three- and five-mile morning hikes are just right to get the blood flowing.’
    • ‘Elenya simply nodded her head in acknowledgement, and continued her hike across the rocky terrain.’
    • ‘We made the five-mile hike back to our farm, leaving Rachel with her Mama and Papa to take care of her.’
    • ‘Your average Lakeland visitor will at the very least manage a quick hike around Windermere or perhaps a ramble around Grasmere.’
    • ‘There are notions, of course, of base camps, hikes through the terrain, and rovers for longer-range expeditions from the landing site.’
    • ‘We did 2-3 hour hikes on uneven hilly terrain for several weekends beforehand as well as shorter walks most working days.’
    • ‘Put on your walking boots and take the two-hour hike through the forest for lunch at San Fruttuoso, a tiny bay along the coast.’
    • ‘Tomorrow is supposed to be either a hike, a walk, or a stroll, depending on hangover levels.’
    • ‘The Ranch ranks all its hikes by walking speed, so you're bound to find the one that's right for you.’
    • ‘Find sightseeing tours that include walking tours and hikes through national parks.’
    • ‘In the National Parks, there's everything from a five minute walk to overnight treks and 10 day hikes.’
    • ‘These include a family of 40 sponsored walks which range from 10 km hikes to shorter strolls, suitable for everyone.’
    • ‘When it came to social activities, Ashley organized hikes or walking trips with friends instead of eating out.’
    • ‘There are a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes.’
    • ‘On an inland hike, you'll be crossing extremely jagged limestone terrain - whatever you do, don't trip.’
    • ‘Are you looking to burn fat with a fast-paced hike on hilly terrain?’
    • ‘Approach slogs vary from muddy hikes to tailgate-to-tailgate perfection, and the vagaries of road closures change access yearly.’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
    ramble, wander, stroll
    yomp
    peregrination, perambulation
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    1. 1.1informal A long distance:
      ‘it's such a hike from Adelaide to Perth’
  • 2A sharp increase, especially in price or cost:

    ‘fears of a hike in interest rates’
    • ‘BDA terminated the contract as the contractor failed to meet deadlines, besides demanding a hike in the estimated cost.’
    • ‘At this point I believe the Washington Post would favor tax hikes for the sake of tax hikes.’
    • ‘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 fee hikes will offset a $9.8 million budget shortfall resulting from a decrease in funding from the provincial government, and rising employee costs.’
    • ‘Drivers and homeowners face insurance premia hikes of between 15% and 30% next month.’
    • ‘The strike's continuation will mean Venezuela's economic collapse and a hike in world oil prices.’
    • ‘Government hikes in VAT and excise duties announced in last December's budget added 2% to the overall inflation rate.’
    • ‘They forecast an increase of just 0.25% later this year with a hike or hikes of 0.5% to follow next year.’
    • ‘Amid this confusion, Madhuri will now have to face a hike in costs depending on the industry she is dealing with.’
    • ‘The furious debates over power ‘reforms’ have raged mostly around the massive hikes in tariffs that squeeze millions of small farmers.’
    • ‘Even as the varsity officials maintain that the fee hike was inevitable, most students see the hike as monumental.’
    • ‘The project hit a road block soon after the Assembly elections, when the contractor stopped the work, demanding a hike in the project cost.’
    • ‘‘We have far-reaching issues, such as dealing with the CFS and tuition hikes,’ Bradshaw said.’
    • ‘The students who are actually facing tuition hikes, however, are left swallowing claims of ‘action’ on their behalf with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘‘The passage of the resolution showed how unpopular the hikes are,’ he said.’
    • ‘After two years of 30 per cent fee hikes, students at SFU are bracing for a 20 to 35 per cent tuition increase this year.’
    • ‘Thus, a further hike to 2.5% next March should not be ruled out.’
    • ‘As it is, with last year's fare hikes, the average transit user now pays between $250 and $500 more each year to TransLink.’
    • ‘But universities and colleges say that fee hikes were necessary to balance their budgets, maintain services, and protect quality of education.’
    • ‘Mangat wrote an article against tuition hikes entitled ‘Don't Get Bogged Down’ that appeared on the back page of the newspaper on March 3.’

verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Walk for a long distance, especially across country:

    ‘they hiked across the moors’
    ‘she enjoys hiking and climbing in her spare time’
    • ‘Activities as diverse as gymnastics, football, hiking, and skateboarding provide plenty of opportunities.’
    • ‘Other people hiking said they saw whales, though it was too foggy by the time we made it to the end of Bodega Head.’
    • ‘Paddling across lakes and hiking over mountain passes, the woodsmen traced Gamut and the girls to an Indian village.’
    • ‘I've been out every weekend this summer hiking the back country carrying twice this weight.’
    • ‘She not only relished traveling, but also enjoyed vigorous, even dangerous, hiking expeditions.’
    • ‘Home to the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, the park offers hiking and horseback riding trails and sweeping views.’
    • ‘Get a final taste of Coeur d' Alene Lake's winter wonders by hiking the Mineral Ridge Trail.’
    • ‘Both couples began to hike retracing the path that the van had traveled.’
    • ‘Though she could still climb, and even ice climb, hiking became an ordeal.’
    • ‘In addition to weight training and riding motocross, I stay fit by hiking, in-line skating, kayaking and running.’
    • ‘Fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are also popular, as are raising pets and taking a variety of evening classes.’
    • ‘There are transition areas where you will change from biking to hiking or hiking to paddling.’
    • ‘The resort is centrally located to many wineries and other attractions, such as golf, horseback riding, sport fishing and hiking.’
    • ‘Stutterheim is a place for both water sports and mountain hiking, within 45 minutes from the beach.’
    • ‘I also used the Slingshot while roller-blading and hiking.’
    • ‘You can also prepare for your favorite summer activities, from hiking to water-skiing.’
    • ‘On my second visit, it had been warm, and I'd gone hiking in my sports bra.’
    • ‘Spend at least a half-day each weekend on family activities, such as ice skating, in-line skating, hiking, swimming, or skiing.’
    • ‘La Paz Waterfall Gardens offers visitors the choice of four hiking trails that wind around five waterfalls and through a tropical forest.’
    • ‘Mountain hiking makes some demands on the body that you may not be used to - and that can lead to problems for the unprepared.’
    walk, go on foot, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march
    ramble, wander, stroll
    hoof it, leg it, take shanks's pony
    yomp, trog
    peregrinate, perambulate
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  • 2[with object] Pull or lift up (something, especially clothing):

    ‘Roy hiked up his trousers to reveal his socks’
    • ‘Why, my skirt was hiked up two or three inches, exposing most of my thighs.’
    • ‘Molly willingly went through the rigors of balancing books on her head, snagging her hair on curlers and hiking her skirts above the knee.’
    • ‘Swinging her leg off the black, leather seat, she meekly pulled down her skirt which had hiked up to her upper thighs.’
    • ‘He snatched the book, hiked up his black robes, and ran.’
    • ‘Taking a deep breath, she hiked up her dress and started climbing.’
    • ‘I could just tell her skirt was hiked up a little too far.’
    • ‘She stepped off the sidewalk and swung one leg over his motorcycle, hiking her dress up high enough to sit comfortably.’
    • ‘Paula's dress was hiked up and Brandon had his hands all over her shapely thighs.’
    • ‘Sonia quickly shouldered the enormous trunk and climbed up to the deck, hiking her skirts and petticoats out of the way.’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up and her face was crimson from annoyance.’
    • ‘He wears a woollen polo shirt and neatly pressed suit trousers hiked up to his stomach.’
    • ‘Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.’
    • ‘Dale had noticed that as she'd begun talking she'd hiked her skirt up a little.’
    • ‘She sat down and hiked her skirt up so she could see the wound more clearly.’
    • ‘She was glad to be wearing something else; the nightgown was embarrassingly short and was hiked up even higher now that she was on the horse.’
    • ‘‘I am always ready,’ she hiked up her skirt and followed him through the shallow water.’
    • ‘She hiked up her skirt and put her thumbs into her panty hose, yanked and squirmed.’
    • ‘He took a note that her kilt was hiked up quite high.’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up so far most of her underwear was visible, and her shirt was half torn.’
    • ‘She is very slim, just leaving behind her gawkiness, and she begins to hike her skirt up in front of the mirror.’
    hitch up, pull up, jerk up, lift, raise, hoist
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    1. 2.1 Increase (something, especially a price) sharply:
      ‘the government hiked up the price of milk by 40 per cent’
      • ‘With the expectations of Bank of England hiking rates next week the sterling will see some weakening.’
      • ‘Tax increases hiked the prices of tobacco and some luxury goods.’
      • ‘Yet trying to hike the minimum wage always sparks a monumental battle in Washington.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe shop owners in turn regularly hike their prices beyond the reach of locals, because of the growing demand from Zambia.’
      • ‘But right now, as companies hike prices judiciously, most economists are confident that inflation is still under control.’
      • ‘Several newspapers and radio stations have vowed to act as watchdogs and shame businesses caught hiking their prices.’
      • ‘It boiled down to a remarkably simple scheme: To qualify for more outlier payments, Tenet hiked its prices.’
      • ‘Conversely, not enough oil on the global market hikes the price up for consumers.’
      • ‘Getting anything in would be extremely difficult and prices would be hiked up accordingly.’
      • ‘The concern is that rising labor costs could trigger a new round of price pressures, and the Fed could be forced to start hiking rates early next year.’
      • ‘Noncompetitive cablers hiked rates 5.8% during the same period.’
      • ‘So while hiking the cover price may increase subscription revenue, it may well do so to the overall financial detriment of the paper.’
      • ‘Maybe investors have been selling their gardener's kidneys and the powerful have hiked the price of Soylent Green through the roof.’
      • ‘The company just hiked projected full-year sales to 47,000 units - a number that makes Prius look less like a curiosity.’
      • ‘Actually, last year I did a little story on roses for Valentines' Day and found out that the price is hiked right up around that time.’
      • ‘Some companies have hiked pay rates by more than 25% this year.’
      • ‘He suggests that the way to increase profits is by increasing the volume of goods sold not by hiking the price.’
      • ‘Many investment managers shied away from bonds early in the year, convinced that yields would rise as the Fed hiked short-term rates.’
      • ‘‘So we thought the fitting response would be to hike the climbing fee,’ an official at the Nepalese Tourism Ministry said.’
      • ‘As long as ticket prices are not hiked up to support a ridiculous pay structure of players then I am happy.’
      increase, raise, up, put up, mark up, push up, make higher, inflate
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Phrases

  • take a hike

    • informal [usually in imperative]Go away (used as an expression of irritation or annoyance).

      • ‘I wanna tell her to take a hike, Jack, like that guy told my dad when we went to Canada that one summer.’
      • ‘Okay, well why don't you call them and tell them to take a hike, and I'm going to go back to bed.’
      • ‘And while the sweet sensation takes a hike, the tongue remains as sensitive as always to salty and sour tastes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The biggest danger is that big-city owners may say, we're taking a hike and the NHL as an entity just collapses.’
      • ‘After years of mostly losing seasons with the Lions, the fun vanished from the game when Barry took a hike.’
      • ‘‘I called once for registration and they told me to take a hike,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘But if she doesn't like him at all, why not tell him to take a hike?’
      • ‘We'll look at a report that says the Baby Boom generation could save America's job market by taking a hike.’
      • ‘What are we waiting for to tell the bankers to take a hike and become financially autonomous?’
      go away, get out, leave
      be off with you!, shoo!, make yourself scarce!, on your way!
      beat it, push off, clear off, clear out, shove off, scram, scoot, skedaddle, buzz off
      hop it, sling your hook
      rack off
      bug off
      voetsak, hamba
      piss off, bugger off
      begone
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

hike

/hʌɪk/