hacker

Ⅰ. hack·er1 (hăk’ər)
n. Informal 1) a) One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff. b) One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a computer network or file. 2) One who demonstrates poor or mediocre ability, especially in a sport: »

a weekend tennis hacker.

[Perhaps from hacker, amateurish or inept golfer or tennis player (possibly from HACK(Cf. hack)1), or perhaps from hack, practical joke, clever scheme (from dialectal hack, to embarrass, confuse, play a trick on).]
Word History: Computer programmers started using the word hacker in the 1960s as a positive term for a person of skillful programming ability. The usage probably derives from hack meaning "to chop," or from hacker, "an amateurish player, as at golf." As time went on, hacker became less positive, however. Already in the 1960s, engineering students at such universities as Cal Tech used the related noun hack to mean "an ingenious prank." Among the pranks that some computer programmers would engage in, of course, were break-ins into other computer systems. As such break-ins attracted national attention, the media seized upon the word hacker as the label for the perpetrators—a usage that many programmers object to because they know it used to be a term of praise.
Ⅱ. hack·er2 (hăk’ər)
n. See HACKIE(Cf. ↑hackie).

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  • hacker — hack‧er [ˈhækə ǁ ər] noun [countable] COMPUTING someone who secretly reaches information on someone else s computer system so that they can look at, use, or change it: • Intercepting messages on the Internet is easy for a smart hacker. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • hacker — [ akɶr ] n. m. • 1984; mot angl., probablt de to hack arg. « perdre son temps » ♦ Anglic. Pirate informatique qui agit par goût du défi, sans intention de nuire. Recomm. offic. fouineur. ● hacker nom masculin (de l anglais to hack into, entrer… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Häcker — ist ein Hersteller für Küchen in Rödinghausen, Häcker Küchen der Name folgender Personen: Katharina Häcker (* 1986), deutsche Eiskunstläuferin Thomas Häcker (* 1962), deutscher Pädagoge eine andere Schreibweise des Namens Haecker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hacker — HÁCKER [pr.: hecăr]hackeri m. Spărgător de reţele computerizate. /cuv. engl. Trimis de siveco, 28.01.2008. Sursa: NODEX  HACKER [HÉCĂR] s. n. spărgător de programe de calculator. (< engl. hacker) Trimis de raduborza, 04.05.2008. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • hacker — hack er (h[a^]k [ e]r), n. One who, or that which, hacks. Specifically: A cutting instrument for making notches; esp., one used for notching pine trees in collecting turpentine; a hack. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hacker — Hacker, 1) Joachim Bernh. Nicol., geb. 1760 in Dresden; war früher Rector in Gommern u. st. 1817 als Pfarrer in Zscheyla bei Meißen; er schr.: Geistliche Gesänge, Pirna 1783; Thanatologie, Lpz. 1795–99, 4 Bde., u.a.m. 2) Johann Georg Aug., geb.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Hacker — (del inglés hack, recortar), también conocidos como white hats (sombreros blancos) o black hats (sombreros negros), según una clasificación de sus acciones (según sean sólo destructivas o no, etc.). Es el neologismo utilizado para referirse a un… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • hacker — / hækə/, it. / aker/ s. ingl. [der. di (to ) hack tagliare, fare a pezzi e sim.], usato in ital. al masch. (inform.) [chi penetra abusivamente in una rete di calcolatori per utilizzare dati e informazioni in essa contenuti] ▶◀ pirata informatico …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • hacker — → pirata informático …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

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