Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a hacker (technically skilled computer enthusiast).
  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a hacker (malicious user who breaks into computer systems).

Etymologies

hacker +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I truly believed that even in the biggest and most-corporate security company there are people with hackerish instincts, people who will do the right thing and blow the whistle.

    Real Story of the Rogue Rootkit

  • Of course, hackers have been running Linux on the PS2 for ages, but here's an example of a company that is capitalizing on the efforts of its hackerish userbase.

    Boing Boing: October 21, 2001 - October 27, 2001 Archives

  • Hosting your site in your sketchy friend's basement might seem like a great way to save a hundred and twenty bucks a year, as well as making you feel all edgy and hackerish, but when your sketchy friend doesn't pay his electric bill and gets cut off your site goes down.

    Boston IMC

  • My guess is that hitters are generally a little bit more hackerish up there in spring games.

    McCovey Chronicles

  • Cal: This is sort of the height of unnecessary life hackerish geekdom, but I'll explain: all of my mail gets filtered into one label or the other, so my "inbox" is always empty.

    Ben Casnocha: The Blog

  • A lot of people will be wanting to broaden their skills, or spryly cross over to wherever there is a demand for hackerish minds (I remember well the great Perl hacker bioinformatics migration of 2001), so crossover technology like a chemistry lab and dark room is useful.

    Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka

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