verb (used without object), hiked, hik·ing.
- to walk or march a great distance, especially through rural areas, for pleasure, exercise, military training, or the like.
- to move up or rise, as out of place or position (often followed by up): My shirt hikes up if I don’t wear a belt.
- Nautical. to hold oneself outboard on the windward side of a heeling sailboat to reduce the amount of heel.
verb (used with object), hiked, hik·ing.
- to move, draw, or raise with a jerk (often followed by up): to hike up one’s socks.
- to increase, often sharply and unexpectedly: to hike the price of milk.
- a long walk or march for recreational activity, military training, or the like.
- an increase or rise, often sharp and unexpected: a hike in wages.
- take a hike, Slang. to go away because one’s company is not desired.
- (intr) to walk a long way, usually for pleasure or exercise, esp in the country
- (usually foll by up) to pull or be pulled; hitch
- (tr) to increase (a price)
- a long walk
- a rise in prices, wages, etc
1809, hyke “to walk vigorously,” an English dialectal word of unknown origin. A yike from 1736 answers to the sense.
HIKE, v. to go away. It is generally used in a contemptuous sense. Ex. “Come, hike,” i.e. take yourself off; begone. [Rev. Robert Forby, “The Vocabulary of East Anglia,” London, 1830]
Sense of “pull up” (as pants) first recorded 1873 in American English, and may be a variant of hitch; extended sense of “raise” (as wages) is 1867. Related: Hiked; hiking. The noun is from 1865.
see take a hike.