Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

hitchhike

play
verb hitch·hike \ˈhich-ˌhīk\

Simple Definition of hitchhike

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to travel by securing free rides from passing vehicles

  3. 2 :  to be carried or transported by chance or unintentionally <destructive insects hitchhiking on ships>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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.



1923

First Known Use of hitchhike

1923


HITCHHIKE Defined for Kids

hitchhike

play
verb hitch·hike \ˈhich-ˌhīk\

Definition of hitchhike

hitch·hikedhitch·hik·ing

  1. :  to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles

hitch·hik·er noun




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hitchhike? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ