hacker

noun hack·er \ ˈha-kər \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018
1 : one that hacks
2 : a person who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity
  • a tennis hacker
3 : an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
4 : a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system

Examples of hacker in a Sentence

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

  2. the company's security experts spent days trying to figure out how a hacker could have gotten past the firewall

Recent Examples of hacker from the Web

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First Known Use of hacker

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HACKER Defined for English Language Learners

hacker

  • computers : a person who secretly gets access to a computer system in order to get information, cause damage, etc. : a person who hacks into a computer system

  • : a person who plays a sport badly


HACKER Defined for Kids

hacker

noun hack·er \ ˈha-kər \
1 : hack 3
2 : an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
3 : a person who illegally gains access to a computer system


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