hitchhike

verb
hitch·​hike | \ ˈhich-ˌhīk How to pronounce hitchhike (audio) \
hitchhiked; hitchhiking; hitchhikes

Definition of hitchhike

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from hitchhike

hitchhiker noun

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Examples of hitchhike in a Sentence

Her car broke down, so she had to hitchhike back home. He hitchhiked his way across the country last summer.
Recent Examples on the Web Once, when a train strike left them stranded in Eastern Germany, they were forced to hitchhike at night—but Otto helped Sims keep her cool. Kathryn Hymes, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 After the elder Hazel bought a farm in McLean with hopes of raising crops to feed the family during the Depression, Til would often bicycle or hitchhike the eight miles from Arlington after school to plow the fields. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Wildfire managers also try to avoid transferring mussels, fungi or non-native plants that might hitchhike in helicopter buckets by carefully choosing water sources or disinfecting buckets, Camp said. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Wildfire managers also try to avoid transferring mussels, fungi or non-native plants that might hitchhike in helicopter buckets by carefully choosing water sources or disinfecting buckets, Camp said. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Wildfire managers also try to avoid transferring mussels, fungi or non-native plants that might hitchhike in helicopter buckets by carefully choosing water sources or disinfecting buckets, Camp said. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Wildfire managers also try to avoid transferring mussels, fungi or non-native plants that might hitchhike in helicopter buckets by carefully choosing water sources or disinfecting buckets, Camp said. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 Wildfire managers also try to avoid transferring mussels, fungi or non-native plants that might hitchhike in helicopter buckets by carefully choosing water sources or disinfecting buckets, Camp said. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 The surviving brother believes Danny was trying to hitchhike from Tennessee to California to enlist the Army as well when he was picked up in Alabama and then killed in the crash. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hitchhike

1923, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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Last Updated

18 Apr 2022

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“Hitchhike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitchhike. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hitchhike

hitchhike

verb
hitch·​hike | \ ˈhich-ˌhīk How to pronounce hitchhike (audio) \
hitchhiked; hitchhiking

Kids Definition of hitchhike

: to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles

Other Words from hitchhike

hitchhiker noun

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