hacker

[ hak-er ]
/ ˈhæk ər /

noun

a person or thing that hacks.
Slang. a person who engages in an activity without talent or skill: weekend hackers on the golf course.
Digital Technology.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. hackathon,
  2. hackberry,
  3. hackbut,
  4. hackbuteer,
  5. hackensack,
  6. hackery,
  7. hackette,
  8. hackie,
  9. hacking,
  10. hacking jacket

Origin of hacker

1200–50 for def 1 Middle English (as surname); see hack1, -er1; 1975–80 for def 2

Origin of hack

2
First recorded in 1680–90; short for hackney

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British Dictionary definitions for hacker

hacker

/ (ˈhækə) /

noun

a person that hacks
slang a computer fanatic, esp one who through a personal computer breaks into the computer system of a company, government, etc

hack

1
/ (hæk) /

verb

noun

See also hack off

Word Origin for hack

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

hack

2
/ (hæk) /

noun

verb

adjective

(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginalhack writing

Word Origin for hack

C17: short for hackney

hack

3
/ (hæk) /

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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Word Origin and History for hacker
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