IPA: hˈæk


  • A tool for chopping.
  • A hacking blow.
  • A gouge or notch made by such a blow.
  • A dry cough.
  • A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
  • (figuratively) A try, an attempt.
  • (curling) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  • (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pickaxe.
  • (informal) An improvised device or solution to a problem.
  • (computing, slang) An expedient, temporary solution, such as a small patch or change to code, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date; a workaround.
  • (computing, slang, dated) A computer programmer who makes quick but inelegant changes to computer code to solve problems or add features.
  • (computing, slang, dated) A computer programmer, particularly a veteran or someone not immediately expected to be capable of programming.
  • (computing, slang) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  • (colloquial) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency, or ease.
  • (computing, slang) The illegal accessing of a computer network.
  • (computing, slang) A video game or any computer software that has been altered from its original state.
  • (slang, military) Time check, as for example upon synchronization of wristwatches.
  • (ice hockey) The act of striking an opponent with one's hockey stick, typically on the leg but occasionally and more seriously on the back, arm, head, etc.
  • (baseball) A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter, particularly a choppy, ungraceful one that misses the ball such as at a fastball.
  • A kick on the shins in football of any type.
  • (uncountable, slang, naval) Confinement of an officer to their stateroom as a punishment.
  • (military, slang) An airplane of poor quality or in poor condition.
  • (falconry) A board which the falcon's food is placed on; used by extension for the state of partial freedom in which they are kept before being trained.
  • A food-rack for cattle.
  • A rack used to dry something, such as bricks, fish, or cheese.
  • A grating in a mill race.
  • A horse for hire, especially one which is old and tired.
  • A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work.
  • (derogatory) Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary.
  • (slang) The driver of a taxicab (hackney cab).
  • (now chiefly Canada, US, colloquial) A vehicle let for hire; originally, a hackney cab, now typically a taxicab.
  • A hearse.
  • (derogatory, authorship) An untalented writer.
  • (derogatory) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  • (derogatory) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  • (politics, slightly derogatory) A political agitator.
  • (UK, student politics, derogatory) A person who frequently canvasses for votes, either directly or by appearing to continuously act with the ulterior motive of furthering their political career.
  • (obsolete) A writer who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
  • (obsolete) A procuress.
  • A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack.
  • A surname


  • (transitive) To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
  • (intransitive) To cough noisily.
  • To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
  • (computing) To make a quick code change to patch a computer program, often one that, while being effective, is inelegant or makes the program harder to maintain.
  • (computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.
  • (computing, slang, transitive) To work with something on an intimately technical level.
  • (transitive, colloquial, by extension) To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
  • (transitive, slang, computing) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code.
  • (transitive, slang, computing, by extension) To gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation).
  • (intransitive, video games) To cheat by using unauthorized modifications.
  • (ice hockey) To strike an opponent with one's hockey stick, typically on the leg but occasionally and more seriously on the back, arm, head, etc.
  • (ice hockey) To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick.
  • (baseball) To swing at a pitched ball.
  • (soccer and rugby) To kick (a player) on the shins.
  • To strike in a frantic movement.
  • (transitive) To strike lightly as part of tapotement massage.
  • To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry.
  • (falconry) To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained.
  • (dated) To make common or cliched; to vulgarise.
  • (equestrianism) To ride a horse at a regular pace; to ride on a road (as opposed to riding cross-country etc.).
  • (obsolete) To live the life of a drudge or hack.
  • To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
  • To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
  • To drive a hackney cab.
  • To play hackeysack.

Examples of "hack" in Sentences

  • The object is to never drop the hack.
  • The hack is a central part of the story.
  • What's with the hack job and snide remarks
  • This is a nifty hack to suppress the images.
  • The hackers themselves announced the hacking.
  • The results of the first hack are shown below.
  • * hack, hack* meanwhile, back in hazard county ...
  • He's an acrimonious, bellicose, cowardly Neocon hack.
  • The zombies hack at the doors of the house with the tools.
  • The vast majority of the hacked correspondence is innocuous.
  • The moral standing of the hack has no bearing on the science.
  • I am not arguing the legality per se but the use of the term hack or hacker.
  • It's heavily based on the Digital Multiplex theme, main hack is to shift the navbar to the right.
  • Well, I wouldn't describe myself as a Gibson fan-boy, but I think calling him a hack is a little strong.
  • "Like, what about if I only go to work but I promise not to stay late and - * hack hackCOUGH snort hack*"
  • The company displays a sign with the word "hack" in large letters at the entrance to its Palo Alto, Calif., offices.
  • Of course, the term "hack" has taken on a different and altogether more sinister meaning in the British press since the century-and-a-half-old
  • Through misuse, the term hack has become synonymous with illegal activity, such as breaking into a computer system and stealing data, but its original meaning is benign.
  • I'm not 100% well at present and I think it was because I was in a room full of cigarette smoke on saturday night. * hack hack* gonna have to stay away from smokers for awhile.
  • But the rest of the hack is a simple matter of connecting a stereo cable to the outputs on a wireless doorbell sounding unit and then to the camera itself, creating a shutter trigger you can fire off from nearly anywhere nearby with the doorbell button.

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