verb hitch·hike \ˈhich-ˌhīk\

: to get a ride in a passing vehicle by holding out your arm with your thumb up as you stand on the side of the road

Full Definition of HITCHHIKE

intransitive verb
:  to travel by securing free rides from passing vehicles
:  to be carried or transported by chance or unintentionally <destructive insects hitchhiking on ships>
transitive verb
:  to solicit and obtain (a free ride) especially in a passing vehicle
hitch·hik·er noun

Examples of HITCHHIKE

  1. Her car broke down, so she had to hitchhike back home.
  2. He hitchhiked his way across the country last summer.

First Known Use of HITCHHIKE


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HITCHHIKE Defined for Kids


verb hitch·hike \ˈhich-ˌhīk\

Definition of HITCHHIKE for Kids

:  to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles
hitch·hik·er noun


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