Share this entry

cypherpunk Line breaks: cy¦pher|punk
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪfəpʌŋk/

Definition of cypherpunk in English:


A person who uses encryption when accessing a computer network in order to ensure privacy, especially from government authorities.
Example sentences
  • We have the old-school cypherpunks, and the hacker community on both sides of the law.
  • A Washington state federal jury found the cypherpunk guilty on two of five counts of stalking government agents.


1990s: on the pattern of cyberpunk.

Definition of cypherpunk in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive