What does hack mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hack, drudge, hacker(noun)

    one who works hard at boring tasks

  2. machine politician, ward-heeler, political hack, hack(noun)

    a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

  3. hack, hack writer, literary hack(noun)

    a mediocre and disdained writer

  4. hack(noun)

    a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

  5. cab, hack, taxi, taxicab(noun)

    a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

  6. hack, jade, nag, plug(noun)

    an old or over-worked horse

  7. hack(noun)

    a horse kept for hire

  8. hack(verb)

    a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

  9. chop, hack(verb)

    cut with a hacking tool

  10. hack, cut(verb)

    be able to manage or manage successfully

    "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"

  11. hack(verb)

    cut away

    "he hacked his way through the forest"

  12. hack(verb)

    kick on the arms

  13. hack(verb)

    kick on the shins

  14. hack, hack on(verb)

    fix a computer program piecemeal until it works

    "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"

  15. hack, cut up(verb)

    significantly cut up a manuscript

  16. hack, whoop(verb)

    cough spasmodically

    "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day"


  1. Hack(v. t.)

    (Computers) To program (a computer) for pleasure or compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer.

  2. Hack(n.)

    (Computers) A clever computer program or routine within a program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious fashion.

  3. Hack(n.)

    (Computers) A quick and inelegant, though functional solution to a programming problem.

  4. Hack(n.)

    Hence: The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman.

  5. Hack(n.)

    A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach; formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; now, usually a taxicab.

  6. Origin: [Shortened fr. hackney. See Hackney.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hack(noun)

    a frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc

  2. Hack(noun)

    unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying

  3. Hack(verb)

    to cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post

  4. Hack(verb)

    fig.: To mangle in speaking

  5. Hack(verb)

    to cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough

  6. Hack(noun)

    a notch; a cut

  7. Hack(noun)

    an implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone

  8. Hack(noun)

    a hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough

  9. Hack(noun)

    a kick on the shins

  10. Hack(noun)

    a horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses

  11. Hack(noun)

    a coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach

  12. Hack(noun)

    a bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge

  13. Hack(noun)

    a procuress

  14. Hack(adj)

    hackneyed; hired; mercenary

  15. Hack(verb)

    to use as a hack; to let out for hire

  16. Hack(verb)

    to use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace

  17. Hack(verb)

    to be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute

  18. Hack(verb)

    to live the life of a drudge or hack

  19. Origin: [Shortened fr. hackney. See Hackney.]


  1. Hack

    Hack is a television series that aired on the American CBS television network from 2002 to 2004. The show also aired in the UK on ITV3, in Australia on Network Ten, and in France on M6. The final four episodes of Season One were never aired in the UK as ITV3 allowed their broadcast rights to lapse before they were shown. The series centers on the fictional life of a former police officer, Polish-American Mike Olshansky, who left the force after being charged with corruption and now works as a taxi driver in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The charges of corruption were never clearly proven but Olshansky, riddled with guilt, considers it his duty to make up for his past wrongs by helping those the police will not help. Olshansky saves many lives and people by going above and beyond the call of duty, becoming a kind of heroic vigilante. He receives "inside" help from within the police force from his friend Marcellus Washington, played by Andre Braugher, who often comes close to risking his own career. Meanwhile, he tries to repair his relationship with his young son, Mikey, and rebuild his life after losing his marriage, his son's admiration, his professional identity, and his reputation. Co-stars Jacqueline Torres as Olshanshky's neighbor, and George Dzundza as long-time priest and confidant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hack

    hak, v.t. to cut: to chop or mangle: to notch: to kick (another) at football.—n. a cut made by hacking: a kick on the shin.—n. Hack′ing, the operation of picking a worn grindstone, &c., with a hack-hammer.—adj. short and interrupted, as a broken, troublesome cough.—n. Hack′-log, a chopping-block. [A.S. haccian, in composition tó-haccian; cf. Dut. hakken, Ger. hacken.]

  2. Hack

    hak, n. a horse kept for hire, esp. a poor one: any person overworked on hire: a literary drudge.—adj. hired, mercenary: used up.—v.t. to offer for hire: to use roughly.—n. Hack′-work, literary drudgery for which a person is hired by a publisher, as making dictionaries, &c. [Contr. of hackney.]

  3. Hack

    hak, n. a grated frame, as a rack for feeding cattle, a place for drying bricks, &c. [Hatch.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hack

    [very common] 1. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well. 2. n. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed. 3. vt. To bear emotionally or physically. “I can't hack this heat!” 4. vt. To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense: “What are you doing?” “I'm hacking TECO.” In a general (time-extended) sense: “What do you do around here?” “I hack TECO.” More generally, “I hack foo” is roughly equivalent to “foo is my major interest (or project)”. “I hack solid-state physics.” See Hacking X for Y. 5. vt. To pull a prank on. See sense 2 and hacker (sense 5). 6. vi. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than goal-directed way. “Whatcha up to?” “Oh, just hacking.” 7. n. Short for hacker. 8. See nethack. 9. [MIT] v. To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels of a large, institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant workers and (since this is usually performed at educational institutions) the Campus Police. This activity has been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also vadding.Constructions on this term abound. They include happy hacking (a farewell), how's hacking? (a friendly greeting among hackers) and hack, hack (a fairly content-free but friendly comment, often used as a temporary farewell). For more on this totipotent term see The Meaning of Hack. See also neat hack, real hack.

Suggested Resources

  1. HACK

    What does HACK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the HACK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hack in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    I’m one of the victims of that hack.

  2. Mohammad Shah Alam:

    It could be difficult to hack if there was a firewall.

  3. Antti Oulasvirta:

    But that's a small hack, right, and it doesn't really solve the problem.

  4. Bruce Lee:

    It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

  5. Avivah Litan:

    They did the best they could, it's amazing they caught( the hack) on their own.

Images & Illustrations of hack

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Translations for hack

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • hakiEsperanto
  • cortar, hackear, taxista, jacaSpanish
  • هک کردن, نفوذ کردنPersian
  • hakkerointiyritys, kaakki, hakki, taksikuski, footbag, hakkeroida, pätsi, selvitä, pärjätä, tietomurtoyritys, köhiä, köhä, koniFinnish
  • tousserFrench
  • किराये काHindi
  • taxi, hacharInterlingua
  • rattoppo, riconfigurare, introdursi illegamente, rimedio, espediente, rattoppare, farcela, tosse secca, ricodificare, tossire, pirateria informatica, sbrogliare, aprirsi un varco, rimodulare, penetrare abusivamente, toppa, accorgimento, riprogrammare, accedere illegalmenteItalian
  • хакира, хакување, парчосува, цепи, бувта, хакува, касапи, хакирањеMacedonian
  • menggodamMalay
  • kuchen, taxichauffeuse, knol, kuch, hakken, taxichauffeurDutch
  • hakowaćPolish
  • tosse secaPortuguese
  • сухой кашель, взломатьRussian
  • hacka, klara sig, stå utSwedish
  • hackVietnamese
  • cöpilön, cöpilodVolapük
  • Chinese

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