Definition of hike in English:

hike

noun

  • 1A long walk or walking tour.

    ‘a five-mile hike across rough terrain’
    • ‘We did 2-3 hour hikes on uneven hilly terrain for several weekends beforehand as well as shorter walks most working days.’
    • ‘Free guided hikes, tours and seminars will occur throughout the day at every event site location.’
    • ‘Her invigorating three- and five-mile morning hikes are just right to get the blood flowing.’
    • ‘When it came to social activities, Ashley organized hikes or walking trips with friends instead of eating out.’
    • ‘In the National Parks, there's everything from a five minute walk to overnight treks and 10 day hikes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Find sightseeing tours that include walking tours and hikes through national parks.’
    • ‘Just in case, she kept her pace a fine degree between a weary trudge and a brisk hike.’
    • ‘Tomorrow is supposed to be either a hike, a walk, or a stroll, depending on hangover levels.’
    • ‘Getting there requires a tough hike, about 11 miles round-trip from the Squaw Flat trailhead, in the Needles section of the park.’
    • ‘Don't let April showers deter you from getting outside for a walk, hike or bike ride.’
    • ‘Your average Lakeland visitor will at the very least manage a quick hike around Windermere or perhaps a ramble around Grasmere.’
    • ‘After a rigorous hike, we walked out on a wooden pier jutting out into the very still lake.’
    • ‘On an inland hike, you'll be crossing extremely jagged limestone terrain - whatever you do, don't trip.’
    • ‘The Ranch ranks all its hikes by walking speed, so you're bound to find the one that's right for you.’
    • ‘When you finally end up in Hana you can enjoy excursions to waterfalls as well as great hikes.’
    • ‘This high-altitude trek offers a dramatic hike up to 18,450-foot Kala Patar for close-up views of Everest.’
    • ‘On the trip we got in some long walks and hikes in between stretches of driving.’
    • ‘Approach slogs vary from muddy hikes to tailgate-to-tailgate perfection, and the vagaries of road closures change access yearly.’
    • ‘Go on a hike or nature walk in the wilderness two hours from your hometown.’
    • ‘Like Skytop, PEEC offers wonderful nature hikes (including night treks) and the chance to see an operating beaver dam.’
    • ‘How about a hike through a mysterious creaking bamboo forest, into the darkness of a lava tube, or to a fern-draped waterfall-fed pool?’
    • ‘These include a family of 40 sponsored walks which range from 10 km hikes to shorter strolls, suitable for everyone.’
    • ‘There are a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes.’
    • ‘Finally, I overcame my former urban aversion to outdoor clubs, and began joining weekend day hikes and bird walks.’
    • ‘An Amherst student steps off the elevator in hiking boots showing signs of a recent hike and disappears into rows of cubicles.’
    • ‘Both compact and lightweight, the Swift Audubon is comfortable to hold while on a long hike or a short jaunt.’
    • ‘There are notions, of course, of base camps, hikes through the terrain, and rovers for longer-range expeditions from the landing site.’
    • ‘Some members choose to stick to day hikes, while others will do longer backcountry excursions.’
    • ‘There are many mysteries to explore during a hike through the damp, lush rainforest.’
    • ‘We made the five-mile hike back to our farm, leaving Rachel with her Mama and Papa to take care of her.’
    • ‘Elenya simply nodded her head in acknowledgement, and continued her hike across the rocky terrain.’
    • ‘We decided to trek fast and the hike seemed to take us uphill once more.’
    • ‘The operation has allowed him to walk again and to join his wife, Bernice, on hikes with the Rochdale Rovers walking club.’
    • ‘Both men will begin their ascent on Saturday morning, continuing their hike up the mountain on Sunday.’
    • ‘My favorite hike by far is the hike to Chasm Lake at the base of Long's Peak.’
    • ‘The tour will also feature a short hike and interpretive tour of native prairie plants.’
    • ‘Learn emergency procedures for your pet if you plan to venture out on long hikes or camping trips.’
    • ‘In a bid to reduce cases of food poisoning, health officials yesterday warned the public not to eat unfamiliar plants they find during outings and hikes.’
    • ‘Are you looking to burn fat with a fast-paced hike on hilly terrain?’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
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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.

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

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

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

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I called once for registration and they told me to take a hike,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘What are we waiting for to tell the bankers to take a hike and become financially autonomous?’
      • ‘We'll look at a report that says the Baby Boom generation could save America's job market by taking a hike.’
      • ‘Okay, well why don't you call them and tell them to take a hike, and I'm going to go back to bed.’
      • ‘But if she doesn't like him at all, why not tell him to take a hike?’
      • ‘The biggest danger is that big-city owners may say, we're taking a hike and the NHL as an entity just collapses.’
      • ‘I wanna tell her to take a hike, Jack, like that guy told my dad when we went to Canada that one summer.’
      • ‘After years of mostly losing seasons with the Lions, the fun vanished from the game when Barry took a hike.’
      go away, get out, leave
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

hike

/hʌɪk/