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a person who is a professional at doing some sort of service, but does crappy work.
man, that tattoo shop is full of hacks.

kyle from scv is a hack at installing stereo equipment.
by wastinmoola January 24, 2004
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1. To program a computer in a clever, virtuosic, and wizardly manner. Ordinary computer jockeys merely write programs; hacking is the domain of digital poets. Hacking is a subtle and arguably mystical art, equal parts wit and technical ability, that is rarely appreciated by non-hackers. See hacker.

2. To break into computer systems with malicious intent. This sense of the term is the one that is most commonly heard in the media, although sense 1 is much more faithful to its original meaning. Contrary to popular misconception, this sort of hacking rarely requires cleverness or exceptional technical ability; most so-called "black hat" hackers rely on brute force techniques or exploit known weaknesses and the incompetence of system administrators.

3. To jury-rig or improvise something inelegant but effective, usually as a temporary solution to a problem. See noun sense 2.


1. A clever or elegant technical accomplishment, especially one with a playful or prankish bent. A clever routine in a computer program, especially one which uses tools for purposes other than those for which they were intended, might be considered a hack. Students at technical universities, such as MIT, are famous for performing elaborate hacks, such as disassembling the dean's car and then reassembling it inside his house, or turning a fourteen-story building into a giant Tetris game by placing computer-controlled lighting panels in its windows.

2. A temporary, jury-rigged solution, especially in the fields of computer programming and engineering: the technical equivalent of chewing gum and duct tape. Compare to kludge.

3. A cheap, mediocre, or second-rate practitioner, especially in the fields of journalism and literature: a charlatan or incompetent.
v1. I stayed up all night hacking, and when I finally looked out the window, it was 8am.

v2. Some script kiddie hacked into the web server and trashed the database.

v3. I didn't have time to do things properly, so I just hacked together something that worked.

n1. A computerized bartender that automatically mixes your drinks and debits your account? Now THAT'S a hack.

n2. This subroutine is just a hack; I'm going to go back and put some real code in later.

n3. That two-bit pulp writer? Ah, he's nothing but a hack.
by Greenie March 24, 2004
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A hack is a deeply insulting term that has no connotations of race/culture, sexuality, religion, or gender. Calling someone a hack is a way of saying that person should be excommunicated and put to "social death," which is why comedians that fail on stage feel as if they have been put to, "death." That is why the term hack is generally reserved for bad writers but is also used more colloquially to refer to anyone who claims to be someone that they are not.
He told his girlfriend that he was going to be the lead actor in the play, but when she learned that there was no play--she called him a hack.
by Rosebud1776 September 20, 2016
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A hack is a type of person, who in any sport, fouls (aka "hacks") other players incessantly. Hacks are usually slower, less able, and all around worse athletes than the people they play with. Hacks typically deny that they are hacking other players by quoting cliches such as "It's part of the game" or "Football is a physical sport", etc. Hacks also get into fights often, since they are fouling, and thus angering, other players, but denying the act. Hacks are also, ironically, the ones who call the most fouls, especially if you push/hack them back.
Person 1:"Man, every time I try to cut, he grabs my arm!"
Hack: "It’s a part of the game, football is a physical game you retard!"

::next play::

Hack: Man why did you push me! That’s a foul!"
Person 1: "You've been pushing and grabbing me all day! I don't want to hear that shit!"

A fight ensues.
by Pete Quinn September 16, 2006
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