from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To go on an extended walk for pleasure or exercise.
- intransitive v. To rise, especially to rise upward out of place: My coat had hiked up in the back.
- transitive v. To increase or raise in amount, especially abruptly: shopkeepers who hiked their prices for the tourist trade.
- transitive v. To pull or raise with a sudden motion; hitch: hiked myself onto the stone wall; hiked up her knee socks.
- transitive v. Football To snap (the ball).
- n. A long walk or march.
- n. An often abrupt increase or rise: a price hike.
- n. Football See snap.
- hike out Nautical To sit facing the sail and lean far backward and over the side of a heeling sailboat in order to counterbalance the heel.
- idiom take a hike Slang To leave because one's presence is unwanted. Often used in the imperative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long walk.
- n. An abrupt increase.
- n. The snap of the ball to start a play.
- n. A command to a dog sled team, given by a musher
- v. To take a long walk for pleasure or exercise.
- v. To unfairly or suddenly raise a price.
- v. To snap the ball to start a play.
- v. To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counterbalance the effects of the wind on the sails.
- v. To pull up or tug upwards sharply.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move with a swing, toss, throw, jerk, or the like.
- transitive v. To raise with a quick movement.
- transitive v. To raise (a price) quickly or significantly in a single step.
- transitive v. To pass (the ball) from the center to the quarterback at the start of the play; to snap (the ball).
- intransitive v. To hike one's self; specif., to go with exertion or effort; to tramp; to march laboriously.
- intransitive v. to take a long walk, especially for pleasure or exercise.
- n. The act of hiking.
- n. A long walk usually for exercise or pleasure or exercise; a tramp; a march.
- n. an increase in cost, rate, etc..
- n. the amount a salary is increased.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust; push; punch or gore with the horns.
- To toss up and down; swing; jolt.
- To lift out with a sharp instrument; move with a jerk; pull; raise; lift.
- To snatch away; run off with.
- To dismiss peremptorily.
- To move suddenly or hastily; go away; walk off; decamp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the amount a salary is increased
- n. an increase in cost
- n. a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
- v. increase
- v. walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)