To hie is to move in a hurried or hasty way. It's the kind of word you are more likely hear in a Shakespeare play, like when a character demands, "Hie thee hither!"

The verb hie is extremely old fashioned, so you're much more likely to read it in a book than to hear someone say it. Still, it's good to know when you read, "Hie thee to the castle!" that it means "Hey, get a move on! Go to the castle!" It comes from the Old English word higian, "strive or hasten," from a Proto-Germanic root.

Definitions of hie
  1. verb
    move fast
    synonyms: belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
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    dawdle, linger
    take one's time; proceed slowly
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    barge, push forward, thrust ahead
    push one's way
    buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
    move quickly and violently
    dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    run or move very quickly or hastily
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
    move precipitously or violently
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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