verb (used without object), hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.

  1. to travel by standing on the side of the road and soliciting rides from passing vehicles.

verb (used with object), hitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing.

  1. to ask for or get (a ride) by hitchhiking.


  1. an act or instance of hitchhiking.


  1. (intr) to travel by obtaining free lifts in motor vehicles

1921 (n.), 1923 (v.), from hitch, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike. Related: Hitchhiked; hitchhiking. Hitchhiker attested from 1927.

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