Definition of hike in US English:

hike

noun

  • 1A long walk, especially in the country or wilderness.

    • ‘Go on a hike or nature walk in the wilderness two hours from your hometown.’
    • ‘Don't let April showers deter you from getting outside for a walk, hike or bike ride.’
    • ‘Just in case, she kept her pace a fine degree between a weary trudge and a brisk hike.’
    • ‘The tour will also feature a short hike and interpretive tour of native prairie plants.’
    • ‘We made the five-mile hike back to our farm, leaving Rachel with her Mama and Papa to take care of her.’
    • ‘In the National Parks, there's everything from a five minute walk to overnight treks and 10 day hikes.’
    • ‘Like Skytop, PEEC offers wonderful nature hikes (including night treks) and the chance to see an operating beaver dam.’
    • ‘An Amherst student steps off the elevator in hiking boots showing signs of a recent hike and disappears into rows of cubicles.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘There are a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes.’
    • ‘The Ranch ranks all its hikes by walking speed, so you're bound to find the one that's right for you.’
    • ‘Finally, I overcame my former urban aversion to outdoor clubs, and began joining weekend day hikes and bird walks.’
    • ‘Your average Lakeland visitor will at the very least manage a quick hike around Windermere or perhaps a ramble around Grasmere.’
    • ‘Some members choose to stick to day hikes, while others will do longer backcountry excursions.’
    • ‘Both men will begin their ascent on Saturday morning, continuing their hike up the mountain on Sunday.’
    • ‘On the trip we got in some long walks and hikes in between stretches of driving.’
    • ‘Find sightseeing tours that include walking tours and hikes through national parks.’
    • ‘There are many mysteries to explore during a hike through the damp, lush rainforest.’
    • ‘Approach slogs vary from muddy hikes to tailgate-to-tailgate perfection, and the vagaries of road closures change access yearly.’
    • ‘After a rigorous hike, we walked out on a wooden pier jutting out into the very still lake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This high-altitude trek offers a dramatic hike up to 18,450-foot Kala Patar for close-up views of Everest.’
    • ‘Both compact and lightweight, the Swift Audubon is comfortable to hold while on a long hike or a short jaunt.’
    • ‘Learn emergency procedures for your pet if you plan to venture out on long hikes or camping trips.’
    • ‘Getting there requires a tough hike, about 11 miles round-trip from the Squaw Flat trailhead, in the Needles section of the park.’
    • ‘Her invigorating three- and five-mile morning hikes are just right to get the blood flowing.’
    • ‘When you finally end up in Hana you can enjoy excursions to waterfalls as well as great hikes.’
    • ‘These include a family of 40 sponsored walks which range from 10 km hikes to shorter strolls, suitable for everyone.’
    • ‘The operation has allowed him to walk again and to join his wife, Bernice, on hikes with the Rochdale Rovers walking club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We did 2-3 hour hikes on uneven hilly terrain for several weekends beforehand as well as shorter walks most working days.’
    • ‘When it came to social activities, Ashley organized hikes or walking trips with friends instead of eating out.’
    • ‘Tomorrow is supposed to be either a hike, a walk, or a stroll, depending on hangover levels.’
    • ‘There are notions, of course, of base camps, hikes through the terrain, and rovers for longer-range expeditions from the landing site.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Free guided hikes, tours and seminars will occur throughout the day at every event site location.’
    • ‘My favorite hike by far is the hike to Chasm Lake at the base of Long's Peak.’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
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    1. 1.1informal A long distance.
  • 2A sharp increase, especially in price.

    ‘a price hike’
    ‘fears of a hike in interest rates’
    • ‘Government hikes in VAT and excise duties announced in last December's budget added 2% to the overall inflation rate.’
    • ‘The students who are actually facing tuition hikes, however, are left swallowing claims of ‘action’ on their behalf with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘But universities and colleges say that fee hikes were necessary to balance their budgets, maintain services, and protect quality of education.’
    • ‘Amid this confusion, Madhuri will now have to face a hike in costs depending on the industry she is dealing with.’
    • ‘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 furious debates over power ‘reforms’ have raged mostly around the massive hikes in tariffs that squeeze millions of small farmers.’
    • ‘Thus, a further hike to 2.5% next March should not be ruled out.’
    • ‘Even as the varsity officials maintain that the fee hike was inevitable, most students see the hike as monumental.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We have far-reaching issues, such as dealing with the CFS and tuition hikes,’ Bradshaw said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They forecast an increase of just 0.25% later this year with a hike or hikes of 0.5% to follow next year.’
    • ‘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 project hit a road block soon after the Assembly elections, when the contractor stopped the work, demanding a hike in the project cost.’
    • ‘Drivers and homeowners face insurance premia hikes of between 15% and 30% next month.’
    • ‘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.’
    growth, rise, enlargement, expansion, extension, multiplication, elevation, swelling, inflation
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  • 3American Football
    A snap.

    ‘he takes the hike, drops back, and fakes to his right’

verb

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

    ‘she enjoys hiking and climbing in her spare time’
    ‘we planned to hike another mile up a steep trail’
    • ‘Activities as diverse as gymnastics, football, hiking, and skateboarding provide plenty of opportunities.’
    • ‘Though she could still climb, and even ice climb, hiking became an ordeal.’
    • ‘You can also prepare for your favorite summer activities, from hiking to water-skiing.’
    • ‘Get a final taste of Coeur d' Alene Lake's winter wonders by hiking the Mineral Ridge Trail.’
    • ‘Other people hiking said they saw whales, though it was too foggy by the time we made it to the end of Bodega Head.’
    • ‘Both couples began to hike retracing the path that the van had traveled.’
    • ‘Spend at least a half-day each weekend on family activities, such as ice skating, in-line skating, hiking, swimming, or skiing.’
    • ‘I've been out every weekend this summer hiking the back country carrying twice this weight.’
    • ‘The resort is centrally located to many wineries and other attractions, such as golf, horseback riding, sport fishing and hiking.’
    • ‘I also used the Slingshot while roller-blading and hiking.’
    • ‘Mountain hiking makes some demands on the body that you may not be used to - and that can lead to problems for the unprepared.’
    • ‘There are transition areas where you will change from biking to hiking or hiking to paddling.’
    • ‘Stutterheim is a place for both water sports and mountain hiking, within 45 minutes from the beach.’
    • ‘On my second visit, it had been warm, and I'd gone hiking in my sports bra.’
    • ‘She not only relished traveling, but also enjoyed vigorous, even dangerous, hiking expeditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are also popular, as are raising pets and taking a variety of evening classes.’
    • ‘Paddling across lakes and hiking over mountain passes, the woodsmen traced Gamut and the girls to an Indian village.’
    • ‘Home to the world's largest dormant volcano, Haleakala, the park offers hiking and horseback riding trails and sweeping views.’
    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)

    ‘he hiked up his sweatpants and marched to the door’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up so far most of her underwear was visible, and her shirt was half torn.’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up and her face was crimson from annoyance.’
    • ‘Why, my skirt was hiked up two or three inches, exposing most of my thighs.’
    • ‘Sonia quickly shouldered the enormous trunk and climbed up to the deck, hiking her skirts and petticoats out of the way.’
    • ‘He wears a woollen polo shirt and neatly pressed suit trousers hiked up to his stomach.’
    • ‘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 is very slim, just leaving behind her gawkiness, and she begins to hike her skirt up in front of the mirror.’
    • ‘She stepped off the sidewalk and swung one leg over his motorcycle, hiking her dress up high enough to sit comfortably.’
    • ‘‘I am always ready,’ she hiked up her skirt and followed him through the shallow water.’
    • ‘I could just tell her skirt was hiked up a little too far.’
    • ‘Dale had noticed that as she'd begun talking she'd hiked her skirt up a little.’
    • ‘Taking a deep breath, she hiked up her dress and started climbing.’
    • ‘He snatched the book, hiked up his black robes, and ran.’
    • ‘She hiked up her skirt and put her thumbs into her panty hose, yanked and squirmed.’
    • ‘Paula's dress was hiked up and Brandon had his hands all over her shapely thighs.’
    • ‘She sat down and hiked her skirt up so she could see the wound more clearly.’
    • ‘He took a note that her kilt was hiked up quite high.’
    • ‘Swinging her leg off the black, leather seat, she meekly pulled down her skirt which had hiked up to her upper thighs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.
      ‘some of the local merchants hiked the price of goods’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several newspapers and radio stations have vowed to act as watchdogs and shame businesses caught hiking their prices.’
      • ‘Many investment managers shied away from bonds early in the year, convinced that yields would rise as the Fed hiked short-term rates.’
      • ‘Noncompetitive cablers hiked rates 5.8% during the same period.’
      • ‘Maybe investors have been selling their gardener's kidneys and the powerful have hiked the price of Soylent Green through the roof.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘The company just hiked projected full-year sales to 47,000 units - a number that makes Prius look less like a curiosity.’
      • ‘Getting anything in would be extremely difficult and prices would be hiked up accordingly.’
      • ‘Yet trying to hike the minimum wage always sparks a monumental battle in Washington.’
      • ‘So while hiking the cover price may increase subscription revenue, it may well do so to the overall financial detriment of the paper.’
      • ‘But right now, as companies hike prices judiciously, most economists are confident that inflation is still under control.’
      • ‘Some companies have hiked pay rates by more than 25% this year.’
      • ‘Tax increases hiked the prices of tobacco and some luxury goods.’
      • ‘With the expectations of Bank of England hiking rates next week the sterling will see some weakening.’
      • ‘Conversely, not enough oil on the global market hikes the price up for consumers.’
      • ‘As long as ticket prices are not hiked up to support a ridiculous pay structure of players then I am happy.’
      • ‘It boiled down to a remarkably simple scheme: To qualify for more outlier payments, Tenet hiked its prices.’
      • ‘He suggests that the way to increase profits is by increasing the volume of goods sold not by hiking the price.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe shop owners in turn regularly hike their prices beyond the reach of locals, because of the growing demand from Zambia.’
      increase, raise, up, put up, mark up, push up, make higher, inflate
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  • 3American Football
    Snap (a football).

    • ‘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.’

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

/haɪk//hīk/