verb Date: 1923 intransitive verb 1. to travel by securing free rides from passing vehicles 2. to be carried or transported by chance or unintentionally <
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transitive verb to solicit and obtain (a free ride) especially in a passing vehicle • hitchhiker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hitchhike — hitch hike (h[i^]ch h[imac]k ), v. i. To travel by getting free rides from passing vehicles; as, to hitchhike across the country. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hitchhike — 1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from HITCH (Cf. hitch), from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + HIKE (Cf. hike). Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hitchhike — ☆ hitchhike [hich′hīk΄ ] vi. hitchhiked, hitchhiking [ HITCH + HIKE] to travel by asking for rides from motorists along the way vt. to get (a ride) or make (one s way) by hitchhiking hitchhiker n …   English World dictionary

  • hitchhike — UK [ˈhɪtʃˌhaɪk] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms hitchhike : present tense I/you/we/they hitchhike he/she/it hitchhikes present participle hitchhiking past tense hitchhiked past participle hitchhiked to travel by asking other people to take… …   English dictionary

  • hitchhike — hitch|hike [ˈhıtʃhaık] v also hitch to travel to places by getting free rides from drivers of passing cars hitchhike around/to/across etc ▪ She spent her gap year hitchhiking around the world. >hitchhiker[i] n ▪ I picked up a hitchhiker on our …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hitchhike — [[t]hɪ̱tʃhaɪk[/t]] hitchhikes, hitchhiking, hitchhiked also hitch hike VERB If you hitchhike, you travel by getting lifts from passing vehicles without paying. [V prep/adv] Neff hitchhiked to New York during his Christmas vacation... They had an… …   English dictionary

  • hitchhike — hitchhiker, n. /hich huyk /, v., hitchhiked, hitchhiking, n. v.i. 1. to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles. v.t. 2. to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking. n. 3. an act or instance of… …   Universalium

  • hitchhike — verb a) To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road. Generally by either sticking out ones finger or thumb or holding a sign with ones stated destination. b) To be carried along with something else, for example… …   Wiktionary

  • hitchhike — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i., informal, hitch, thumb [a ride], bum a ride. See travel. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. take a lift, hitch, bum a ride, thumb a ride, thumb*; see ride 1 , travel 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v.… …   English dictionary for students

  • hitchhike — hitch|hike [ hıtʃ,haık ] verb intransitive to travel by asking other people to take you in their car, by standing on the side of a road and holding out your thumb or a sign: They hitchhiked around Florida. You should never go hitchhiking alone. ╾ …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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