- a person who has a high level of skill in computer technology or programming; a computer expert or enthusiast: My brother is a real hacker—he fixed my laptop in no time.
- a person who circumvents security and breaks into a network, computer, file, etc., usually with malicious intent: A hacker got into my computer remotely and wiped my hard drive! The company has hired hackers to test system security.
Origin of hacker
- a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, especially ordinary riding.
- a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
- a taxi.
- Also hackie.a cabdriver.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hack2
Examples from the Web for hacker
Contemporary Examples of hacker
Until recently, the hacker collective known as Lizard Squad was all but unknown.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
In the real world, he said, a hacker is more likely interested in stealing records he can sell than in harming a patient.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
Four days later, 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers were compromised and leaked online by a hacker.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online
October 13, 2014
The hacker group Anonymous blew it—and tormented a woman not connected to the shooting of Michael Brown.Web Sleuths Get It Wrong Again in Ferguson
August 15, 2014
Snowden gives the hacker community its marching orders: Fight surveillance by making privacy tools for everyone.Snowden Tells Hackers of the World to Unite
July 20, 2014
Historical Examples of hacker
The bishop and Hacker melted into tears as they bade their master farewell.Charles I
This morning Hacker and Axtell were hanged and quartered, as the rest are.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
Then Colonel Hacker said I might go home, and keep at home, and not go abroad to meetings.George Fox
Vastly impressive and weird is Mr. Hacker's "And there was a great cry in Egypt."The Quiver, 2/1900
I directed my hacker to my apartment, and grabbed the phone in the bubble.Modus Vivendi
Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin for hack
- a cab driver
- a taxi
Word Origin for hack
Word Origin for hack
"a chopper, cutter," perhaps also "one who makes hacking tools," early 13c. (as a surname), agent noun from hack (v.1). Meaning "one who gains unauthorized access to computer records" is attested by 1983, agent noun from hack (v.2). Said to be from slightly earlier tech slang sense of "one who works like a hack at writing and experimenting with software, one who enjoys computer programming for its own sake," 1976, reputedly a usage that evolved at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (however an MIT student from the late 1960s recalls hack (n.) being used then and there in the general sense of "creative prank," which clouds its sense connection with the "writing for hire" word, and there may be a source or an influence here in hack (v.1)).
"to cut roughly, cut with chopping blows," c.1200, from verb found in stem of Old English tohaccian "hack to pieces," from West Germanic *hakkon (cf. Old Frisian hackia "to chop or hack," Dutch hakken, Old High German hacchon, German hacken), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth." Perhaps influenced by Old Norse höggva "to hack, hew" (cf. hacksaw). Slang sense of "cope with" (such as in can't hack it) is first recorded in American English 1955, with a sense of "get through by some effort," as a jungle (cf. phrase hack after "keep working away at" attested from late 14c.). Related: Hacked; hacking.
"person hired to do routine work," c.1700, ultimately short for hackney "an ordinary horse" (c.1300), probably from place name Hackney, Middlesex (q.v.). Apparently nags were raised on the pastureland there in early medieval times. Extended sense of "horse for hire" (late 14c.) led naturally to "broken-down nag," and also "prostitute" (1570s) and "drudge" (1540s). Sense of "carriage for hire" (1704) led to modern slang for "taxicab." As an adjective, 1734, from the noun. Hack writer is first recorded 1826, though hackney writer is at least 50 years earlier. Hack-work is recorded from 1851.
"tool for chopping," early 14c., from hack (v.1); cf. Danish hakke "mattock," German Hacke "pickax, hatchet, hoe." Meaning "an act of cutting" is from 1836; figurative sense of "a try, an attempt" is first attested 1898.
"to cough with a short, dry cough," 1802, perhaps from hack (v.1) on the notion of being done with difficulty, or else imitative.