hiking

Hiking is the activity of taking long, vigorous walks in nature for fun. Put on some sturdy shoes and bring along your water bottle — let's go hiking!

We usually reserve the term hiking for walks in the countryside. When you're striding down city sidewalks, you're walking, but when you're exploring trails in a state park, you're hiking. Hiking comes from the verb hike, originally spelled hyke, from English dialect.

Definitions of hiking
  1. noun
    a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
    synonyms: hike, tramp
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    types:
    trudge
    a long difficult walk
    type of:
    walk
    the act of walking somewhere
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