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”), dialectal German hicken (“to hobble, walk with a limp”), Danish hinke (“to hop”). More at hick.
hike (plural hikes)
- A long walk, usually for pleasure or exercise. [from c. 1900]
- 1904, P.M. Silloway, “Extracts from Some Montana Note-books, 1904”, in Bulletin of the Cooper Ornithological Club, volumes 1-6, Cooper Ornithological Club, page 149:
- Well, if it gave him so much pleasure to find the nest, he is welcome to the eggs. I can hunt another grass tuft, lay another set, and rear my brood in peace while he goes "hiking" after eggs at Flathead.
- 1992, Allen Mitchell, California Parks Access: A Complete Guide to the State and National Parks for Visitors with Limited Mobility, page 179:
- From here, you can pick up the asphalt bike path and take a hike across the meadow.
- 2002, Doug Gelbert, The 55 Best Places to Hike with Your Dog in the Philadelphia Region, page 98:
- The hike along the trolley line from Smedley to Thompson Park is a wild and wooly excursion that brings you across train tracks, through dry creek beds, past ferns and wild roses and more.
- 2015, Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hikes, page 166:
- The hike through the city of Napa's Alston Park is a great introduction to the Napa Valley.
- 2019, Joe Baur, Best Hikes Cleveland: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls, page 75:
- You'll run into Powers Road and will hike on the sidewalks of Bedford across some train tracks and onto Broadway Avenue.
- An abrupt increase.
- 2021 October 20, “Network News: How do operators buy electricity?”, in RAIL, number 942, page 7:
- Those who are part of the consortium are protected from the current energy price hikes because they were tied into a fixed rate deal set almost a year ago (and continuing into most of next year).
- 2022 June 15, Dominic Rushe, “Federal Reserve announces biggest interest rate hike since 1994”, in The Guardian:
- With soaring inflation and the shadow of recession hanging over the United States, the Federal Reserve announced a 0.75 percentage-point increase in interest rates on Wednesday – the largest hike since 1994.
- (American football) The snap of the ball to start a play.
- A sharp upward tug to raise something.
- 2016, Erik Schubach, The Hollow:
- She gave a cute hike of her skirt as she spun and almost sauntered down the stairs.
- 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.
- Let's go; get moving. A command to a dog sled team, given by a musher.
- “hike”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “hike”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- here, in this place
- to yearn
- hige (Bokmål)
- “hike” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.