noun, plural hack·neys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of hackney
Definition for hackney (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for 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|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Hackney coaches, and chariots, on the same principle as those used in London, are established here.
He saved money, and afterwards purchased a hackney coach, which he himself drove.The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812|James Blake Bailey
Not one, save the hackney carman, who evidently did not know him.Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
Fielding said of himself that he had no choice but to be a hackney writer or a hackney coachman for a living.Genius in Sunshine and Shadow|Maturin Murray Ballou
His Majesty had had quite enough of going down in hackney coaches to carry revolutions.Endymion|Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for hackney (1 of 2)
- a coach or carriage that is for hire
- (as modifier)a hackney carriage
Word Origin for hackney
British Dictionary definitions for hackney (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.