from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who supplies writing to public journals for a set fee per line of text; a poor writer for hire; a hack.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who furnishes matter to public journals at so much a line; a poor writer for hire; a hack writer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who furnishes news and other matter to the public journals as it were at a penny a line or some other small price; hence, any poor writer for hire; a hack-writer: so called in contempt.
Suggesting a fee of a penny per line. See -er. (Wiktionary)