[ hak-need ]
/ ˈhæk nid /


made commonplace or trite; stale; banal: the hackneyed images of his poetry.

Nearby words

  1. hackly,
  2. hackman,
  3. hackmatack,
  4. hackney,
  5. hackney coach,
  6. hacksaw,
  7. hacktivism,
  8. hacktivist,
  9. hackwork,
  10. hacky sack

Origin of hackneyed

First recorded in 1740–50; hackney + -ed2

Related formsnon·hack·neyed, adjectiveun·hack·neyed, adjective

Synonym study


[ hak-nee ]
/ ˈhæk ni /

noun, plural hack·neys.


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.

Origin of hackney

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

Related formshack·ney·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hackneyed


/ (ˈhæknɪd) /


(of phrases, fashions, etc) used so often as to be trite, dull, and stereotyped


/ (ˈhæknɪ) /


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)


(tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use
Derived Formshackneyism, 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


/ (ˈhæknɪ) /


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)
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Word Origin and History for hackneyed
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