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

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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 But one obvious concern is that the coronavirus will hitchhike into these areas along with the cottagers. Ian Austen, New York Times, "What Coronavirus Means for Going to the Lake," 15 May 2020 Clay Bennett, the political cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, recently rendered the Grim Reaper hitchhiking its way to a reopening Georgia. Washington Post, "The Grim Reaper shows up often in pandemic cartoons — whether to provoke or provide dark humor," 6 May 2020 In April 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska, where a man dropped him off at the head of the Stampede Trail, according to the book. Alicia Lee And Pierre Meilhan, CNN, "Five hikers rescued on their way back from 'Into the Wild' bus in Alaska," 24 Feb. 2020 Despentes was seventeen years old, hitchhiking with a friend. Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books, "As Clean as Rage," 8 Apr. 2020 The road trip features ride share boards (remember those?), hitchhiking, and plenty of awkward situations in very close quarters. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Road Trip Movies," 25 Mar. 2020 Assistance: Savage Road After a man was observed hitchhiking at 5:06 p.m. Jan. 6, an officer gave him a ride to pick up his vehicle. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Trespasser drops phone in woman’s back yard: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 13 Jan. 2020 Back then, as most vehicular traffic ground to a halt, Cubans rode bicycles, walked, or hitchhiked to get to their destinations. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "In Its Fight with Venezuela, the Trump Administration Takes Aim at Cuba," 10 Oct. 2019 He was determined, hitchhiking to St. Lawrence as a teen and convincing the dean to approve a student loan. Dallas News, "Kirk Douglas, longtime influential movie star, dies at 103," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hitchhike

1923, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of hitchhike was in 1923

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21 May 2020

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“Hitchhike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitchhike. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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

Kids Definition of hitchhike

: to travel by getting free rides in passing vehicles

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hitchhiker noun

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