hacker

Definitions

Cricket

  • noun an attacking batsman, especially one with a hard-hitting uncultured style batting in the lower order; a slogger

Electronics

  • Also called hack (2). A person who seeks detailed knowledge of computer systems and which delves into, or achieves proficiency, in areas such as programming. When the term is used with a negative connotation, it refers to a person which utilizes this capability to illegally break into computer systems by circumventing or otherwise defeating the protective measures of said systems. When used in this manner, also called cracker.

Information & Library Science

  • noun somebody who gains access to other people’s computer files without their permission

Media Studies

  • noun a person with knowledge of information systems, encryption codes etc. who breaks into systems and networks to which they should not have access

Slang

  • noun someone who hacks into a computer system. The hacking in question is the evocation of a person chopping their way through dense undergrowth to their destination. Hacker in this sense appeared as part of data-processing jargon in the early 1980s. Spectacular instances of the penetration of computerised systems brought the word to public awareness.
  • noun a taxi driver. A ‘hackney cab’ (the archaic version of taxi cab) takes its name from ‘hackney’, meaning a horse used for transportation. The short version of the phrase survives in this sense.
  • noun a clumsy worker. Here hack evokes chopping clumsily, rather than handling or cutting finely.
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