hitchhike

verb
hitch·hike | \ˈhich-ˌhīk \
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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Other Words from hitchhike

hitchhiker noun

Synonyms for hitchhike

Synonyms

hitch, thumb

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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.

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The former Pro Bowl tight end is accused of kidnapping and raping a 54-year-old transient woman who was hitchhiking in March. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Could Kellen Winslow Jr.'s lawyers use CTE as a defense in sex-crimes case?," 15 June 2018 Then there was Hitchbot, a talking robot made by Canadian researchers for a project to hitchhike around two continents. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual," 20 June 2018 And liquid water, with a good mix of minerals, is an ideal travelodge for hitchhiking bacteria. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 On North Pender Island, where our trip would start and end, hitchhiking is still a common and accepted way of getting around. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 Ricky and Keith had been in Europe for a while hitchhiking and bumming around. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The B-52s at 40: An Oral History of Their Awesomely Bizarre Beach Party Breakthrough 'Rock Lobster'," 29 May 2018 This year’s list includes a rare great ape, a hitchhiking beetle, an extinct omnivorous marsupial lion and many species that are critically endangered. Sean Greene, latimes.com, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 The 2011 east Japan tsunami swept huge amounts of wreckage out to sea—and Japanese species hitchhiked across the Pacific on the debris. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "Tsunami Sent Species on a Transoceanic Trip," 28 Sep. 2017 The insects are not the only things that can hitchhike to other communities. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of hitchhike

1923, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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hitchhike

verb

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

hitchhike

verb
hitch·hike | \ˈhich-ˌhīk \
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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