Hacker (plural Hackers)
- one who hacks, particularly:
- one who cuts with rough or heavy blows.
- one who kicks wildly or roughly.
- one who is consistent and focuses on accomplishing a task or several tasks.
- one who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
- (computing) one who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
- (computing) a computer security professional
- (informal) one who manages or copes (one hacks it)
- (informal) one who annoys (another party).
- (US) one who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity (e.g. tennis)
- (US) one who loafs (around)
- (US) one who rides or drives at an ordinary pace or over the roads (especially distinguished from from racing or hunting)
- (US) one who operates a taxicab
- There are significantly more meanings of the word within the United States than in other English speaking nations.
- The use of the word hacker to indicate a person who displays skill, particularly with computers, may be misunderstood  as implying the narrow meaning of unauthorised intrusion into electronic systems (also known as a cracker or occasionally black hat). This serious misunderstanding in the field of computer expertise is perhaps particularly common outside the United States.
- Some computer enthusiasts object to the use of hacker for a person who breaks into computer systems, preferring cracker for this sense.
- ↑ hacker - Merriam Webster Online (American English)
- ↑ hack; hacker - Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press (British English)
- Wikipedia article on hacker
- Hacker's dictionary definition of hacker US only
- RFC1392 - Internet Users' Glossary, Jan 1993
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