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black hat

[blak hat] /ˈblæk ˈhæt/ Informal.
a villain, as in a cowboy movie; bad guy.
Digital Technology. a hacker who violates the security of a system without the knowledge or consent of the owner or developer, as for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.
wear / put on a black hat, to behave villainously.
Compare white hat. Unabridged
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  • It was the Klondike person, radiant in the costume of black and the black hat.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • She had on a black hat, over which a white veil was fastened.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He wore a dark red coat and a black hat bordered with silver.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • She was wearing a black and white gown, and a black hat with white ospreys.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The sun beat intensely on her black hat and her suit of gray.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for black hat

black hat

  1. a computer hacker who carries out illegal malicious hacking work
  2. (as modifier): black-hat hackers Compare white hat
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Slang definitions & phrases for black hat

black hat


: the black-hat rustler in the horse opera

noun phrase

  1. A villain; heavy: The only way I can do that is to make you the black hat/ This time, perhaps, there are black hats on both sides
  2. he badge or symbol of a villain: Companies have this black hat on when they go to court


: They do not try to penetrate security systems or conduct clandestine tests... ''There is no black-hatting''

[1970s+; frtheHollywoodtraditionthat villains in western movies always wore black hats]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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