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"
- Rhymes: -ækə(r)
NounGlobally understood definitions throughout the English-speaking world
- one who cuts with rough or heavy blows.
- one who kicks wildly or roughly.
- one who is consistent and focuses on accomplishing a task or several tasks.
- one who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
- one who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
- (informal) one who manages or copes (one hacks it)
- (informal) one who annoys (another party).
Usages that principally occur only within the United States
- one who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity (e.g. tennis)
- one who loafs (around)
- one who rides or drives at an ordinary pace or over the roads (especially distinguished from from racing or hunting)
- one who operates a taxicab
- a computer security professional
Usage notesThe English-speaking world, where English is natively spoken as the mother-tongue, includes:
- United Kingdom (and sovereign states)
- United States (and governed territories)
- New Zealand
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.
Hackers may refer to:
Computing and technology
Similar meanings in other fields are:
People named Hacker
- Sally Hacker(1936–1988), feminist sociologist
- Alan Ray Hacker (b. 1938), English clarinettist
- Peter Hacker, (b. 1939), British philosopher
- George Hacker (20th century), U.S. lawyer, head of the Alcohol Policies Project
- Marilyn Hacker (b. 1942), American poet, critic, and reviewer
- The Hacker (Michel Amato, b. 1972), French electroclash and techno producer
Other definitionsHacker may also refer to:
- Hacker (folklore), a mythological race in Scandinavian folklore
- A mediocre golfer
- Someone who practises casual equestrianism, in particular trail riding
- A person skilled in the creation of a hack (masonry)
- A musician who plays out of turn or shows off constantly
- A player of NetHack, and other rogue-like games
- Hacker and hack are also terms for a taxicab driver (from the shortened form of hackney carriage).
- A brewery which merged with Pschorr in 1972, now the Hacker-Pschorr Brewery, and the beer it produces.
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: HakerHackers web