hie

verb \ ˈhī \

Definition of hie

hied; hying or hieing
intransitive verb
:to go quickly :hasten
  • thither we advise you to hie
  • New Yorker
transitive verb
:to cause (oneself) to go quickly
  • hie you to church
  • —William Shakespeare

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Examples of hie in a Sentence

  1. we had best hie home before the snow gets worse

hie Isn't a Word of the Past

Hie has been part of English since the 12th century, and it stems from the even hoarier hīgian, an Old English word meaning "to strive" or "to hasten." Hie enjoyed a high popularity period from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and you're sure to encounter it in the literature of those times—writers from Shakespeare to Twain penned it into their prose. But don't get the idea that hie is just a word of the past; it regularly pops up in current publications as well—often, though not always, in contexts in which the author is wanting to approximate an old-timey way of communicating.

Origin and Etymology of hie

Middle English, from Old English hīgian to strive, hasten


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