AskDefine | Define hack

Dictionary Definition



1 one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: drudge, hacker]
2 a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends [syn: machine politician, ward-heeler, political hack]
3 a mediocre and disdained writer [syn: hack writer, literary hack]
4 a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for hacking the soil
5 a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money [syn: cab, taxi, taxicab]
6 an old or over-worked horse [syn: jade, nag, plug]
7 a horse kept for hire
8 a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.


1 cut with a hacking tool [syn: chop]
2 informal: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office" [syn: cut]
3 cut away; "he hacked with way through the forest"
4 kick on the arms
5 kick on the shins
6 fix a computer program piecemeal until it works; "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best" [syn: hack on]
7 significantly cut up a manuscript [syn: cut up]
8 cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day" [syn: whoop]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /hæk/
  • Rhymes with: -æk


  1. To cough noisily.
    This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  2. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
    They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
  3. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
    Can you hack it out here with no electricity or running water?
  4. To play hackeysack.
  5. To accomplish a difficult programming task.
    He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.
  6. To work with on an intimately technical level.
    I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  7. To make a quick code change to patch a computer program.
    I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later..
  8. To be effective at a certain position or role within a sports game without being particularly graceful or with class.
    Their Defender is such a 'hack', but he gets the job done
  9. To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a "crack" in computer parlance.


to cough noisily
  • Dutch: kuchen
  • Finnish: köhiä
to chop or cut down in a rough manner
to withstand or put up with a difficult situation
to play hackeysack
to accomplish a difficult programming task
to work with on an intimately technical level
to make a quick code change to patch a computer program
to be effective in a sports game without being particularly graceful
to gain illegal access to a computer network
  • Finnish: hakkeroida


  1. A mattock or a miner's pick.
  2. A dry cough.
  3. A taxicab (hackney carriage) driver.
  4. An ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one.
  5. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for the use in hackeysack.
  6. One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  7. A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  8. An untalented writer.
    Dason is nothing but a two-bit hack.
  9. A person incapable of completing a simple task. This person could be also referred to as someone who "sucks at life" (slightly derogatory)
  10. An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  11. In the context of "computing|slang": An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. (Actually called a "crack" in computer parlance).
  12. A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
  13. An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  14. Time check (military usage).
  15. The foothold device from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  16. A political agitator. (slightly derogatory)


Related terms


miner's pick
  • Finnish: hakku
dry cough
  • Dutch: kuch
  • Finnish: köhä
taxicab driver
ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one
  • Finnish: koni, kaakki
small ball for hackeysack
  • Finnish: footbag
  • Spanish: jaca
one who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work
talented writer-for-hire
untalented writer
person incapable of completing a simple task
interesting technical achievement
illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network
  • Finnish; hakkerointiyritys, tietomurtoyritys
small code change
  • Finnish: pätsi
expedient, temporary solution
  • Finnish: pätsi
time check
foothold device in curling
prison guard
political agitator


  1. Having or requiring little talent.
    He's nothing but the typical hack writer.
    I got by on hack work for years before I finally published my novel.

Extensive Definition

Hack may refer to:
In mass media:
Hack may also be:
  • A comedian who engages in joke thievery
  • Casual riding or equestrianism, or a common, ordinary horse used for such purposes
  • A goal in a game of Hacky Sack, or the footbag circle kick game
  • American slang for a cab driver or a taxi
  • A piece of equipment used for traction in the sport of curling
  • A slang term for a caboose
  • Slang for coughing
  • Slang among percussionists for random play of a percussion instrument, usually on a practice pad
hack in German: Hack (Begriffsklärung)
hack in Spanish: Hack
hack in Italian: Hack
hack in Dutch: Hack
hack in Japanese: ハック
hack in Portuguese: Hacking

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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