noun, plural hack·neys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of hackney
Examples from the Web for hackney
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.
Word Origin for hackney
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.