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Etymology 1

From Middle English *hackynge, hackande, hakand, equivalent to hack +‎ -ing.


hacking (comparative more hacking, superlative most hacking)

  1. Short and interrupted, broken, jerky; hacky.
    A hacking cough. A hacking laugh. A hacking breath. A hacking cry.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XX, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “So now everything's fine.” I uttered a hacking laugh. “No,” I said, in answer to a query from Aunt Dahlia. “I have not accidentally swallowed my tonsils, I was merely laughing hackingly. Ironical that the young blister should say that everything is fine, for at this very moment disaster stares us in the eyeball.”
Usage notes

Most non-creative collocations are the phrases given as examples.

Derived terms



  1. present participle of hack

Etymology 2

From Middle English hackynge, hakkynge, hacckinge, equivalent to hack +‎ -ing.


hacking (usually uncountable, plural hackings)

  1. (computing) Playful solving of technical work that requires deep understanding, especially of a computer system.
  2. (computing) Unauthorized attempts to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network. See also cracker.
  3. (pathology) A dry coughing; the emission of a succession of short coughs.
  4. (sports, chiefly American football, soccer, rugby) A kick in the shins.
  5. (massage) The act of striking the muscles with the side of the hand.
  6. (Britain, countable) A riding or journey on horseback.
  7. (obsolete) The operation of working over the faces of rough or worn grindstones with a hack-hammer.
  8. (obsolete, masonry) The separation of a course of stones into two smaller courses, when there are not enough large stones to form a single course.
  9. (obsolete, gem-cutting) The cuts and grooves made in the metal laps by holding the cutting edge of a steel blade against them while in motion, for the purpose of providing receptacles or pockets for the powders using in cutting and polishing gems.
  10. (obsolete, brick-making) The piling of bricks for drying.
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See also


  • hacking in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • “hacking” in Harrap's Shorter, 2006, p. 416
  • “hacking” in Concise English Dictionary, Wordsworth, 2007, p. 405
  • hacking” at Wordnik




hacking m (plural hackings)

  1. hacking



hacking m (uncountable)

  1. (computing) hacking