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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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 But first, there's no need to hitchhike to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 The caller said the woman seemed to be in distress and was trying to hitchhike or get someone to stop. cleveland, 11 June 2021 Did the 40-year-old cardiovascular technician hitchhike out? Anne Ryman, AZCentral.com, 8 Apr. 2021 Over the summer, bureaucratic conflicts scuttled an effort to set up a testing site on the southern end of the reservation, forcing people without cars to hitchhike or walk for miles to get swabbed. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 Initially, Hudson was filled with rage at his lack of choice, and his only thoughts were of escape — managing to leave the facility and hitchhike the 483 kilometers to Missouri. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 31 Dec. 2020 The Pacific was just another adventure for Dunn, who had picked cotton and thrown newspapers as a kid and would hitchhike or hop freight trains to Houston or San Antonio. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, 7 Dec. 2020 But many students go to school elsewhere, and the virus has proved its ability to hitchhike with travelers. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 Mitchell was preparing for an armed robbery, and the two decided to hitchhike back to the Navajo reservation, according to court documents. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Aug. 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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11 Jul 2021

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“Hitchhike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitchhike. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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

Other Words from hitchhike

hitchhiker noun

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