The Online Slang Dictionary
(American, English, and Urban slang)

Login     Register     Forgot password     Resend confirmation

Definition of hackers

hacker

noun

  • while "hacker" originally had positive connotations, it has since come to refer to individuals who sometimes use computers with malicious intent. For example, a person who breaks into computers that they do not have official access to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Citation from "Reeling in the hackers", The Irish Times, Karlin Lillington, February 19 2010 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Citation from Communications of the ACM, Volume 27 (1984) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Charles B. from Westminster, CO, USA on Jun 16 1999.

  • an expert or enthusiast of any kind, provided it involves hands-on work.
    She calls herself a "culinary hacker."

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who is very good at programming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Citation from Communications of the ACM, Volume 27 (1984) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who enjoys exploring computers, making them work better than ever before, and making them solve problems that they've never solved before.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who enjoys creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
    He's a pretty good padlock hacker.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who is an expert at a particular computer program or computing technology.
    You should ask Tim. He's a real MATLAB hacker.
    I'm trying to become a well-known C++ hacker.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who frequently does work on a computer, using a particular computer program.
    He's a Unix hacker.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 15 2009.

+Add a definition for this slang term

More info:

Interactive stats:

Related words

Slang terms with the same meaning

Other terms relating to 'an expert, a fan':

Definitions include: a male fan devoted to a particular thing.
Definitions include: See also the man.
Definitions include: a fan of Justin Bieber.
Definitions include: crazy.
Definitions include: a person hired for their expertise.
Definitions include: an expert or person one goes to for advice or a paid specialist in a given field.
Definitions include: used with a subject matter to refer to a person with deep, expert knowledge of that subject matter.
Definitions include: to do something stealthy or to move stealthily, possibly involving theft or deception.
Definitions include: a fan of the movie Avatar.
Definitions include: alternate spelling of "fanboy".
Definitions include: an expert.
Definitions include: a person who is sexually talented.
Definitions include: an expert at searching Google.
Definitions include: an expert.
Definitions include: a male fan of the cartoon show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Other terms relating to 'computer slang':

Definitions include: acronym for "I love you so fucking much".
Definitions include: "does anyone else..." or "does anybody else..."
Definitions include: "about".
Definitions include: acronym for "ass-to-mouth", i.e. sex in which anal sex is immediately followed by fellatio.
Definitions include: to ruin writable optical media via a write ("burn") attempt which fails.
Definitions include: to accidentally press a button or key adjacent to the desired one, e.g. while typing on a keyboard or entering a phone number.
Definitions include: an Internet "Law" (i.e. observation that often holds true) formulated by Mike Godwin.
Definitions include: acronym for "I don't give a shit".
Definitions include: acronym for "massively multiplayer online role playing game."
Definitions include: the amount by which a numerical amount is fudged (adjusted).
Definitions include: Pornography.
Definitions include: in the user interface of a software product (including websites,) something that displays the locations that the user has recently viewed or visited.
Definitions include: acronym for "shaking my damn head".
Definitions include: under the influence of drugs, often LSD ("acid").
Definitions include: An aggregate grouping or series of stylized printings, fonts, icons, emoticons, avatars, proverbs, etc., usually found at the end of an e-mail message uniquely identifying and personifying the sender.

Slang terms with the same root words

Other terms relating to 'hack':

Definitions include: to play with a Hacky Sack (footbag.)
Definitions include: extremely mad or irritated.
Definitions include: a system that was created by hacking it up over time.
Definitions include: To engage in any activity intensely, especially to be intent on using one's computer for any purpose, though not necessarily engaging in illegal activity via the internet.
Definitions include: to perform one's duties.
Definitions include: a permit, license or other authority issued by a governmental agency authorizing a person to drive a taxicab in service to customers in that area.
Definitions include: to make a person angry.
Definitions include: to work on a pre-existing problem, program, or piece of source code.
Definitions include: to masturbate
Definitions include: to hack, with the result being something quickly and sloppily created, or modified to solve a particular problem.
Definitions include: to hack, with the result being something quickly and sloppily created, or modified to solve a particular problem.
Definitions include: "hacker".
Definitions include: spelling variant of "hacker".
Definitions include: "leet" spelling of "hacker".
Definitions include: a l33t hax0r.

How common is this slang?

Don't click the following.
I use it(11)  
No longer use it(0)  
Heard it but never used it(0)  
Have never heard it(0)  

How vulgar is this slang?

Average of 6 votes: 32%  (See the most vulgar words.)


Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Your vote: None   (To vote, click the pepper. Vote how vulgar the word is – not how mean it is.)


Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Where is this slang used?

Logged-in users can add themselves to the map. Login, Register, Login instantly with Facebook.


Link to this slang definition

To link to this term in a web page or blog, insert the following.

<a href="http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/hackers">hackers</a>

To link to this term in a wiki such as Wikipedia, insert the following.

[http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/hackers hackers]

Some wikis use a different format for links, so be sure to check the documentation.