Dictionary.com

hackney

[ hak-nee ]
/ ˈhæk ni /
Save This Word!

noun, plural hack·neys.
adjective
let out, employed, or done for hire.
verb (used with object)
to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use.
to use as a hackney.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of hackney

1300–50; Middle English hakeney, special use of placename Hackney, Middlesex, England

OTHER WORDS FROM hackney

hack·ney·ism, noun

Other definitions for hackney (2 of 2)

Hackney
[ hak-nee ]
/ ˈhæk ni /

noun
a borough of Greater London, England.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use hackney in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hackney (1 of 2)

hackney
/ (ˈhæknɪ) /

noun
a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
  1. a coach or carriage that is for hire
  2. (as modifier)a hackney carriage
a popular term for hack 2 (def. 1)
verb
(tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use

Derived forms of hackney

hackneyism, noun

Word Origin for hackney

C14: probably after Hackney, where horses were formerly raised; sense 4 meaning derives from the allusion to a weakened hired horse

British Dictionary definitions for hackney (2 of 2)

Hackney
/ (ˈhæknɪ) /

noun
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK