- 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
- a borough of Greater London, England.
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Contemporary Examples of hackney
Situated in hipster Hackney, the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History opens to the public on Wednesday.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
A rather wonderful tribute to Joan Rivers greeted commuters at Hackney Wick Overground station in London this morning.
Commuters at Hackney Wick greeted by fond tribute to the late comedienne.
Like Hackney, Taylor Bickford has mostly worked to get Republicans elected.
“We are involved in a super PAC trying to help [Republican Senate contender] Dan Sullivan beat Mark Begich,” says Hackney.
Historical Examples of hackney
Not one, save the hackney carman, who evidently did not know him.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
I hailed the first hackney carriage I met and drove to my rooms.In Direst Peril
David Christie Murray
It was late in the night when we turned homewards in a hackney carriage.My Reminiscences
Then Sir Percivale mounted upon that hackney, and rode as fast as he might.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
U. Waldo Cutler
Half the hackney coachmen, he says, were in league with thieves.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
- 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
Word Origin for hackney
- 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)
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.