Hacker - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈhækər|  American pronunciation of the word hacker
Brit.  |ˈhakə|  British pronunciation of the word hacker
- someone who plays golf poorly
- 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
- one who works hard at boring tasks (syn: drudge, hack)

Examples

My friends and I have been playing golf for years, but we're still just a bunch of hackers.

A hacker had managed to get into the system.

the threat of hacking and computer viruses

true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers

...tends to use too much hacker's slang when talking to coworkers about their computer problems...

Addressing the resentment toward affirmative action programs, Hacker notes...

Word forms

noun
singular: hacker
plural: hackers
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