From English dialectal hyke (“to walk vigorously”), probably a Northern form of hitch, from Middle English hytchen, hichen, icchen (“to move, jerk, stir”). Cognate with Scots hyke (“to move with a jerk”), German dialectal hicken (“to hobble, walk with a limp”), Danish hinke (“to hop”). More at hick.
- Rhymes: -aɪk
hike (plural hikes)
- A long walk.
- An abrupt increase.
- The tenants were not happy with the rent hike.
- (American football) The snap of the ball to start a play.
- A command to a dog sled team, given by a musher
- To take a long walk for pleasure or exercise.
- Don't forget to bring the map when we go hiking tomorrow.
- To unfairly or suddenly raise a price.
- (American football) To snap the ball to start a play.
- (nautical) To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counterbalance the effects of the wind on the sails.
- To pull up or tug upwards sharply.
- She hiked her skirt up.