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1 someone who plays golf poorly
2 a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism [syn: cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk]
3 a programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm; "true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers"
4 one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: hack, drudge]

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Globally understood definitions throughout the English-speaking world
  1. one who cuts with rough or heavy blows.
  2. one who kicks wildly or roughly.
  3. one who is consistent and focuses on accomplishing a task or several tasks.
  4. one who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
  5. one who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
  6. (informal) one who manages or copes (one hacks it)
  7. (informal) one who annoys (another party).
Usages that principally occur only within the United States
  1. one who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity (e.g. tennis)
  2. one who loafs (around)
  3. one who rides or drives at an ordinary pace or over the roads (especially distinguished from from racing or hunting)
  4. one who operates a taxicab
  5. a computer security professional

Usage notes

The English-speaking world, where English is natively spoken as the mother-tongue, includes:
  • United Kingdom (and sovereign states)
  • United States (and governed territories)
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
There are significantly more meanings of the word within the United States than in other English speaking nations.
The use of the word hacker to indicate a person who displays skill, particularly with computers, may be misunderstood as implying the narrow meaning of unauthorised intrusion into electronic systems (also known as a cracker or occasionally black hat). This serious misunderstanding in the field of computer expertise is perhaps particularly common outside the United States.


Extensive Definition

Hackers may refer to:

Computing and technology

Similar meanings in other fields are:
  • Media hacker, someone who uses the media in new ways
  • Reality hacker, similar to a computer hacker, but hacks the "real world"
  • Wetware hacker, one who experiments with biological materials
  • Somebody who generally works 'outside the box'.

People named Hacker



Other definitions

Hacker may also refer to:

See also


hacker in German: Hacker (Begriffsklärung)
hacker in French: Hacker
hacker in Korean: 해커 (동음이의)
hacker in Japanese: ハッカー (曖昧さ回避)
hacker in Polish: Haker
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