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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hak]
    • /hæk/
    • /hæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hak]
    • /hæk/

Definitions of hack word

  • verb with object hack to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding. 1
  • verb with object hack Falconry. to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a hack board or a hack house. 1
  • verb without object hack Informal. to drive a taxi. 1
  • verb without object hack to ride or drive on the road at an ordinary pace, as distinguished from cross-country riding or racing. 1
  • verb without object hack British. to rent a horse, especially by the hour. 1
  • noun hack a rack for drying food, as fish. 1

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Origin of hack

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

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Parts of speech for Hack


hack popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

hack usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hack

noun hack

  • drudge — a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
  • slave — a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
  • lackey — A servant, esp. a liveried footman or manservant.
  • servant — a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.
  • pro — in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.

adjective hack

  • second-class — of a secondary class or quality.
  • characterless — If you describe something as characterless, you mean that it is dull and uninteresting.
  • down-at-heel — of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy: He is rapidly becoming a down-at-heel drifter and a drunk.
  • prosy — of the nature of or resembling prose.
  • lowborn — of humble birth.

verb hack

  • scythe — an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.
  • slice — a thin, flat piece cut from something: a slice of bread.
  • cut — If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut a shape or a hole in something, you make the shape or hole by using a knife or similar tool.
  • cope — If you cope with a problem or task, you deal with it successfully.
  • manage — to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship: She managed to see the governor. How does she manage it on such a small income?

Antonyms for hack

noun hack

  • master — botmaster
  • specialist — a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.

verb hack

  • splice — to join together or unite (two ropes or parts of a rope) by the interweaving of strands.

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