Nearby words

  1. hachoo,
  2. hachure,
  3. hacienda,
  4. hacienda heights,
  5. haciendado,
  6. hack board,
  7. hack hammer,
  8. hack house,
  9. hack off,
  10. hackamore

Idioms

    hack it, Slang. to handle or cope with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly: The new recruit just can't hack it.

Origin of hack

1
1150–1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

Synonym study

1. mangle, haggle.

Synonym study

1. See cut.

hack

2
[hak]

noun

a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts: As a painter, he was little more than a hack.
a professional who renounces or surrenders individual independence, integrity, belief, etc., in return for money or other reward in the performance of a task normally thought of as involving a strong personal commitment: a political hack.
a writer who works on the staff of a publisher at a dull or routine task; someone who works as a literary drudge: He was one among the many hacks on Grub Street.
British.
  1. a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, especially ordinary riding.
  2. a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
an old or worn-out horse; jade.
a coach or carriage kept for hire; hackney.
Informal.
  1. a taxi.
  2. Also hackie.a cabdriver.
Slang. a prison guard.

verb (used with object)

to make a hack of; let out for hire.
to make trite or stale by frequent use; hackney.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to drive a taxi.
to ride or drive on the road at an ordinary pace, as distinguished from cross-country riding or racing.
British. to rent a horse, especially by the hour.

adjective

hired as a hack; of a hired sort: a hack writer; hack work.
hackneyed; trite; banal: hack writing.

Origin of hack

2
First recorded in 1680–90; short for hackney

hack

3
[hak]

noun

a rack for drying food, as fish.
a rack for holding fodder for livestock.
a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying.

verb (used with object)

to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding.
Falconry. to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a hack board or a hack house.

Origin of hack

3
First recorded in 1565–75; variant of hatch2

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British Dictionary definitions for hacked

hack

1

verb

(when intr, usually foll by at or away) to cut or chop (at) irregularly, roughly, or violently
to cut and clear (a way, path, etc), as through undergrowth
(in sport, esp rugby) to foul (an opposing player) by kicking or striking his shins
basketball to commit the foul of striking (an opposing player) on the arm
(intr) to cough in short dry spasmodic bursts
(tr) to reduce or cut (a story, article, etc) in a damaging way
to manipulate a computer program skilfully, esp, to gain unauthorized access to another computer system
(tr) slang to tolerate; cope withI joined the army but I couldn't hack it
hack to bits to damage severelyhis reputation was hacked to bits

noun

a cut, chop, notch, or gash, esp as made by a knife or axe
any tool used for shallow digging, such as a mattock or pick
a chopping blow
a dry spasmodic cough
a kick on the shins, as in rugby
a wound from a sharp kick
See also hack off

Word Origin for hack

Old English haccian; related to Old Frisian hackia, Middle High German hacken

hack

2

noun

a horse kept for riding or (more rarely) for driving
an old, ill-bred, or overworked horse
a horse kept for hire
British a country ride on horseback
a drudge
a person who produces mediocre literary or journalistic work
Also called: hackney US a coach or carriage that is for hire
Also called: hackie US informal
  1. a cab driver
  2. a taxi

verb

British to ride (a horse) cross-country for pleasure
(tr) to let (a horse) out for hire
(tr) informal to write (an article) as or in the manner of a hack
(intr) US informal to drive a taxi

adjective

(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginalhack writing

Word Origin for hack

C17: short for hackney

hack

3

noun

a rack used for fodder for livestock
a board on which meat is placed for a hawk
a pile or row of unfired bricks stacked to dry

verb (tr)

to place (fodder) in a hack
to place (bricks) in a hack

Word Origin for hack

C16: variant of hatch ²

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