hackers

hacker

[hak-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that hacks.
2.
Slang. a person who engages in an activity without talent or skill: weekend hackers on the golf course.
3.
Computer Slang.
a.
a computer enthusiast.
b.
a microcomputer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English (as surname); see hack1, -er1

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hacker (ˈhækə)
 
n
1.  a person that hacks
2.  slang a computer fanatic, esp one who through a personal computer breaks into the computer system of a company, government, etc

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hacker
"one who gains unauthorized access to computer records," 1983; see hack (2). Said to be from slightly earlier tech slang sense of "one who works like a hack at writing and experimenting with software, one who enjoys computer programming for its own sake," 1976, reputedly a
usage that evolved at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (however an MIT student from the late 1960s recalls hack (n.) being used then and there in the general sense of "creative prank," which clouds its sense connection with the "writing for hire" word, and there may be a source or an influence here in hack (1)). The verb hack meaning "illegally enter a computer system" is first recorded 1984.
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