- 1[transitive, intransitive] to get a free ride in a person’s car; to travel around in this way, by standing at the side of the road and trying to get passing cars to stop hitch something They hitched a ride in a truck. (British English also) They hitched a lift. They tried to hitch a lift back to London. We hitched a ride with a travelling salesman. (+ adv./prep.) We spent the summer hitching around Europe. They hitched across the States. We didn’t take the bus—we hitched. see also hitchhike See related entries: Camping, Driving
- 2[transitive] hitch something (up) to pull up a piece of your clothing synonym hike somethingup She hitched up her skirt and waded into the river.
- 3[transitive] hitch yourself (up, etc.) to lift yourself into a higher position, or the position mentioned She hitched herself up. He hitched himself onto the bar stool. She hitched herself into a sitting position.
- 4[transitive] hitch something (to something) to fix something to something else with a rope, a hook, etc. She hitched the pony to the gate. Word Origin Middle English (in sense 2): of unknown origin.Idioms (informal) to get married See related entries: Marriage
BrE BrE//hɪtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//hɪtʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hitch
BrE BrE//hɪtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//hɪtʃ//he / she / it hitches
BrE BrE//ˈhɪtʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪtʃɪz//past simple hitched
BrE BrE//hɪtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//hɪtʃt//past participle hitched
BrE BrE//hɪtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//hɪtʃt//-ing form hitching
BrE BrE//ˈhɪtʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪtʃɪŋ//Camping, Driving