Definition of hack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hæk//
    People in journalism, People in publishing, Equine sports
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  1. 1(disapproving) a writer, especially of newspaper articles, who does a lot of low quality work and does not get paid much See related entries: People in journalism, People in publishing
  2. 2(disapproving) a person who does the hard and often boring work for an organization, especially a politician a party hack
  3. 3a horse for ordinary riding or one that can be hired See related entries: Equine sports
  4. 4(North American English, informal) a taxi
  5. 5an act of hitting something, especially with a cutting tool I was sure he was going to take a hack at us.
  6. 6a piece of computer code (3) that provides a quick solution to a problem by adding to the official function of a program
  7. 7(informal) = lifehack
  8. Word Originnoun sense 5 Old English haccian ‘cut in pieces’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hakken and German hacken. noun senses 1 to 4 Middle English (in sense (3) of the noun): abbreviation of hackney ‘horse or pony of a light breed’. Sense (1) of the noun dates from the late 17th cent.
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