- made commonplace or trite; stale; banal: the hackneyed images of his poetry.
Origin of hackneyed
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- Also called hackney coach. a carriage or coach for hire; cab.
- a trotting horse used for drawing a light carriage or the like.
- a horse used for ordinary riding or driving.
- (initial capital letter) one of an English breed of horses having a high-stepping gait.
- let out, employed, or done for hire.
- to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use.
- to use as a hackney.
Origin of hackney
Examples from the Web for hackneyed
Even the harmonized choral accents are hackneyed, ripped straight from her previous mega-hit “You Belong with Me.”Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: Country’s Prodigal Daughter Creates the Best Pop Album of the Year
October 25, 2014
Hackneyed chestnuts like that are reserved for old toastmasters, and yet, there we were.From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way
September 15, 2014
Sometimes Allen retools a hackneyed plot and the bones show through—not this time.Woody Allen’s Best & Worst Movies: ‘Annie Hall’ ‘Match Point’ & More (Video)
July 26, 2013
Hackneyed and dull, it feels like a lazy throwback in every sense of the word.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
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July 16, 2013
Everything seemed too hackneyed or unconvincing or simply impossible.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
We amuse him more than the hackneyed comrades he has worn out.Night and Morning, Complete
And are you, my dear friend, to be duped by this hackneyed word?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
But the stranger was not to be deceived by so hackneyed a device.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
Each gentleman addressed her with some hackneyed compliment.The Child of Pleasure
How easy the hackneyed phrase "taking steps" sounded to Caius!The Mermaid
- (of phrases, fashions, etc) used so often as to be trite, dull, and stereotyped
- a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
- a coach or carriage that is for hire
- (as modifier)a hackney carriage
- a popular term for hack 2 (def. 1)
- (tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use
- a borough of NE Greater London: formed in 1965 from the former boroughs of Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, and Hackney; nearby are Hackney Marshes, the largest recreation ground in London. Pop: 208 400 (2003 est). Area: 19 sq km (8 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for hackneyed
late 12c., from Old English Hacan ieg "Haca's Isle" (or possibly "Hook Island"), the "isle" element here meaning dry land in a marsh. Now well within London, it once was pastoral and horses apparently were kept there. Hence hackney "small saddle horse let out for hire" (c.1300), with subsequent deterioration of sense (see hack (n.2)). And cf. French haquenée "ambling nag," an English loan-word.