hijack etymology

English word hijack comes from English highway, English jacker ((archaic) One who hunts at night using a jacklight.)

Detailed word origin of hijack

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
highway English (eng) (rail) Any public road for vehicular traffic.. A main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.
jacker English (eng) (archaic) One who hunts at night using a jacklight.
hijack English (eng) (computing) To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser).. (computing) To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.. (politics) To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new [...]

Words with the same origin as hijack

Descendants of jacker
carjack hijackable seajack skyjack