hitch vs hitchhike what difference

what is difference between hitch and hitchhike

English

Etymology

Probably from Middle English hicchen, hytchen, icchen (to move; to move as with a jerk), of obscure origin. Lacks cognates in other languages. Compare itch, hike.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɪtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Noun

hitch (plural hitches)

  1. A sudden pull.
  2. Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
  4. (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element.
    Synonym: catch
  6. (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
    • 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
      U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, … WILL BE RETAINED

Hyponyms

  • Magnus hitch
  • midshipman’s hitch
  • rigger’s hitch
  • rolling hitch
  • taut-line hitch
  • tent-line hitch

Translations

Verb

hitch (third-person singular simple present hitches, present participle hitching, simple past and past participle hitched)

  1. (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
  2. (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
    Synonyms: affix, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
  3. (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
    Synonyms: splice, wed; see also Thesaurus:marry
  4. (informal, transitive) Clipping of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
  5. (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
    • atoms [] which at length hitched together
  6. (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
    • To ease themselves [] by hitching into another place.
  7. (Britain) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Translations

Derived terms

  • hitch one’s wagon to a star
  • unhitch
  • unhitched

Further reading

  • hitch on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • List of hitch knots on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References



English

Etymology

From hitch +‎ hike.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɪtʃhaɪk/

Verb

hitchhike (third-person singular simple present hitchhikes, present participle hitchhiking, simple past and past participle hitchhiked)

  1. To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road, generally by either sticking out one’s finger or thumb or holding a sign with one’s stated destination.
  2. To be carried along with something else.
    In genetic hitchhiking, a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation.
    In cultural hitchhiking, a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.

Synonyms

  • hitch
  • hitch a ride
  • thumb a lift
  • thumb a ride (US)

Translations

Noun

hitchhike (plural hitchhikes)

  1. (radio, advertising) Alternative form of hitchhiker (advertisement at the end of a programme)
    • 1952, Frank Emerson Andrews, Corporation Giving (page 183)
      There are just too many diseases for each to have its own special organization, complete with radio hitchhikes, sponsored ads, expensive brochures, pledge cards, team captains and collection envelopes.

See also

  • hitchhiker

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