Definition of hike in English:

hike

noun

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

    • ‘This high-altitude trek offers a dramatic hike up to 18,450-foot Kala Patar for close-up views of Everest.’
    • ‘After a rigorous hike, we walked out on a wooden pier jutting out into the very still lake.’
    • ‘Free guided hikes, tours and seminars will occur throughout the day at every event site location.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both compact and lightweight, the Swift Audubon is comfortable to hold while on a long hike or a short jaunt.’
    • ‘There are many mysteries to explore during a hike through the damp, lush rainforest.’
    • ‘Like Skytop, PEEC offers wonderful nature hikes (including night treks) and the chance to see an operating beaver dam.’
    • ‘Some members choose to stick to day hikes, while others will do longer backcountry excursions.’
    • ‘The tour will also feature a short hike and interpretive tour of native prairie plants.’
    • ‘Getting there requires a tough hike, about 11 miles round-trip from the Squaw Flat trailhead, in the Needles section of the park.’
    • ‘Learn emergency procedures for your pet if you plan to venture out on long hikes or camping trips.’
    • ‘Finally, I overcame my former urban aversion to outdoor clubs, and began joining weekend day hikes and bird walks.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We decided to trek fast and the hike seemed to take us uphill once more.’
    • ‘An Amherst student steps off the elevator in hiking boots showing signs of a recent hike and disappears into rows of cubicles.’
    • ‘My favorite hike by far is the hike to Chasm Lake at the base of Long's Peak.’
    • ‘Don't let April showers deter you from getting outside for a walk, hike or bike ride.’
    • ‘Both men will begin their ascent on Saturday morning, continuing their hike up the mountain on Sunday.’
    • ‘When you finally end up in Hana you can enjoy excursions to waterfalls as well as great hikes.’
    • ‘Go on a hike or nature walk in the wilderness two hours from your hometown.’
    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.
  • 2A sharp increase, especially in price.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘At this point I believe the Washington Post would favor tax hikes for the sake of tax hikes.’
    • ‘Amid this confusion, Madhuri will now have to face a hike in costs depending on the industry she is dealing with.’
    • ‘The project hit a road block soon after the Assembly elections, when the contractor stopped the work, demanding a hike in the project cost.’
    • ‘As it is, with last year's fare hikes, the average transit user now pays between $250 and $500 more each year to TransLink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, a further hike to 2.5% next March should not be ruled out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘BDA terminated the contract as the contractor failed to meet deadlines, besides demanding a hike in the estimated cost.’
    • ‘The strike's continuation will mean Venezuela's economic collapse and a hike in world oil prices.’
    • ‘Drivers and homeowners face insurance premia hikes of between 15% and 30% next month.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘But universities and colleges say that fee hikes were necessary to balance their budgets, maintain services, and protect quality of education.’
    • ‘Even as the varsity officials maintain that the fee hike was inevitable, most students see the hike as monumental.’
    • ‘The students who are actually facing tuition hikes, however, are left swallowing claims of ‘action’ on their behalf with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘The furious debates over power ‘reforms’ have raged mostly around the massive hikes in tariffs that squeeze millions of small farmers.’
    • ‘They forecast an increase of just 0.25% later this year with a hike or hikes of 0.5% to follow next year.’
    • ‘‘The passage of the resolution showed how unpopular the hikes are,’ he 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.’
  • 3American Football
    A snap.

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

verb

  • 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’
    ‘she enjoys hiking and climbing in her spare time’
    • ‘There are transition areas where you will change from biking to hiking or hiking to paddling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Get a final taste of Coeur d' Alene Lake's winter wonders by hiking the Mineral Ridge Trail.’
    • ‘On my second visit, it had been warm, and I'd gone hiking in my sports bra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also used the Slingshot while roller-blading and hiking.’
    • ‘Stutterheim is a place for both water sports and mountain hiking, within 45 minutes from the beach.’
    • ‘In addition to weight training and riding motocross, I stay fit by hiking, in-line skating, kayaking and running.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are also popular, as are raising pets and taking a variety of evening classes.’
    • ‘Other people hiking said they saw whales, though it was too foggy by the time we made it to the end of Bodega Head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can also prepare for your favorite summer activities, from hiking to water-skiing.’
    • ‘Activities as diverse as gymnastics, football, hiking, and skateboarding provide plenty of opportunities.’
    • ‘Paddling across lakes and hiking over mountain passes, the woodsmen traced Gamut and the girls to an Indian village.’
    • ‘Spend at least a half-day each weekend on family activities, such as ice skating, in-line skating, hiking, swimming, or skiing.’
    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)

    ‘he hiked up his sweatpants and marched to the door’
    • ‘I could just tell her skirt was hiked up a little too far.’
    • ‘She hiked up her skirt and put her thumbs into her panty hose, yanked and squirmed.’
    • ‘Taking a deep breath, she hiked up her dress and started climbing.’
    • ‘She is very slim, just leaving behind her gawkiness, and she begins to hike her skirt up in front of the mirror.’
    • ‘‘I am always ready,’ she hiked up her skirt and followed him through the shallow water.’
    • ‘Paula's dress was hiked up and Brandon had his hands all over her shapely thighs.’
    • ‘Dale had noticed that as she'd begun talking she'd hiked her skirt up a little.’
    • ‘He wears a woollen polo shirt and neatly pressed suit trousers hiked up to his stomach.’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up so far most of her underwear was visible, and her shirt was half torn.’
    • ‘He took a note that her kilt was hiked up quite high.’
    • ‘Sonia quickly shouldered the enormous trunk and climbed up to the deck, hiking her skirts and petticoats out of the way.’
    • ‘Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.’
    • ‘Molly willingly went through the rigors of balancing books on her head, snagging her hair on curlers and hiking her skirts above the knee.’
    • ‘Her skirt was hiked up and her face was crimson from annoyance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Swinging her leg off the black, leather seat, she meekly pulled down her skirt which had hiked up to her upper thighs.’
    • ‘She stepped off the sidewalk and swung one leg over his motorcycle, hiking her dress up high enough to sit comfortably.’
    • ‘He snatched the book, hiked up his black robes, and ran.’
    • ‘Why, my skirt was hiked up two or three inches, exposing most of my thighs.’
    • ‘She sat down and hiked her skirt up so she could see the wound more clearly.’
    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’
      • ‘With the expectations of Bank of England hiking rates next week the sterling will see some weakening.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe shop owners in turn regularly hike their prices beyond the reach of locals, because of the growing demand from Zambia.’
      • ‘Tax increases hiked the prices of tobacco and some luxury goods.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He suggests that the way to increase profits is by increasing the volume of goods sold not by hiking the price.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Noncompetitive cablers hiked rates 5.8% during the same period.’
      • ‘The company just hiked projected full-year sales to 47,000 units - a number that makes Prius look less like a curiosity.’
      • ‘‘So we thought the fitting response would be to hike the climbing fee,’ an official at the Nepalese Tourism Ministry said.’
      • ‘Several newspapers and radio stations have vowed to act as watchdogs and shame businesses caught hiking their prices.’
      • ‘Getting anything in would be extremely difficult and prices would be hiked up accordingly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some companies have hiked pay rates by more than 25% this year.’
      • ‘Yet trying to hike the minimum wage always sparks a monumental battle in Washington.’
      • ‘But right now, as companies hike prices judiciously, most economists are confident that inflation is still under control.’
      increase, raise, up, put up, mark up, push up, make higher, inflate
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  • 3American Football
    Snap (a football)

    • ‘Once the ball was hiked all that I could make of the game was lots of running and mud-slinging.’
    • ‘We, in effect, treated them as footballs and hiked, and passed and went out for catches in the office.’

Phrases

  • take a hike

    • informal [usually in imperative]Go 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.’
      • ‘‘I called once for registration and they told me to take a hike,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘Okay, well why don't you call them and tell them to take a hike, and I'm going to go back to bed.’
      • ‘We'll look at a report that says the Baby Boom generation could save America's job market by taking a hike.’
      • ‘After years of mostly losing seasons with the Lions, the fun vanished from the game when Barry took 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But if she doesn't like him at all, why not tell him to take a hike?’
      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

/hīk/