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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English tohaccian (hack to pieces)

Verb

Infinitive
to hack

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to hack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
    They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
  2. To cough noisily.
    This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  3. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
    Can you hack it out here with no electricity or running water?
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Noun

Singular
hack

Plural
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hack ({{{1}}})
  1. A hacking blow.
  2. A gouge or notch made by such a blow.
  3. (curling) The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  4. (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pick.
  5. A dry cough.
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Etymology 2

Abbreviation of hackney (an ordinary horse), probably from place name Hackney

Noun

Singular
hack

Plural
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hack ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) An ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one.
  2. (slang) A taxicab (hackney cab) driver.
  3. (pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  4. (pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  5. (pejorative) An untalented writer.
    Dason is nothing but a two-bit hack.
  6. (politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory)
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Adjective

hack (not comparable)

Positive
hack

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (literary) 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.

Etymology 3

From hacker (programmer), possibly influenced by other senses of hack.

Noun

Singular
hack

Plural
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hack ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. (Actually called a "crack" in computer parlance).
  2. (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  3. (computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
  4. (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  5. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Time check.
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Synonyms
  • (expedient, temporary solution): kludge
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Verb

Infinitive
to hack

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to hack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To work with on an intimately technical level.
    I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  2. (computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.
    He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.# (computing) 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..
  3. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a crack.
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Etymology 4

From hackysack

Noun

Singular
hack

Plural
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hack ({{{1}}})
  1. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for the use in hackeysack.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to hack

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to hack (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To play hackeysack.
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