hackster (plural hacksters)
- (obsolete) A bully; a ruffian; an assassin.
- 1649, J[ohn] Milton, chapter III, in ΕΙΚΟΝΟΚΛΆΣΤΗΣ [EIKONOKLASTES] […], London: […] Matthew Simmons, […], OCLC 1044608640, page 25–26:
- [...] Happy times; when Braves and Hackſters, the onely contented Members of his Goverment, were thought the fitteſt and the faithfulleſt to defend [the King's] Perſon againſt the diſcontents of a Parliment and all good Men.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “hackster” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)