- hackney coach,
- hacky sack
Origin of hackneyed
noun, plural hack·neys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of hackney
Examples from the Web for hackneyed
Even the harmonized choral accents are hackneyed, ripped straight from her previous mega-hit “You Belong with Me.”Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: Country’s Prodigal Daughter Creates the Best Pop Album of the Year|Marlow Stern|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hackneyed chestnuts like that are reserved for old toastmasters, and yet, there we were.
Sometimes Allen retools a hackneyed plot and the bones show through—not this time.Woody Allen’s Best & Worst Movies: ‘Annie Hall’ ‘Match Point’ & More (Video)|Malcolm Jones|July 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hackneyed and dull, it feels like a lazy throwback in every sense of the word.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Everything seemed too hackneyed or unconvincing or simply impossible.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”|Manil Suri|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The hackneyed recitation, if rendered better than ever before, will win more applause than a fresh bit carelessly studied.Recitations for the Social Circle|James Clarence Harvey
I sat down at the writing-table and wrote a letter on the hackneyed subject of my unhappy love affair.The Confession of a Fool|August Strindberg
Many words become so hackneyed as to be no longer impressive.English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day|Walter W. Skeat
And are you, my dear friend, to be duped by this hackneyed word?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
Hill was a compiler of books and a hackneyed practitioner in the arts of that profession.
- a coach or carriage that is for hire
- (as modifier)a hackney carriage
Word Origin for hackney
1769, "kept for hire," past participle adjective from hackney. The figurative sense of "trite, so overused as to have become uninteresting" is older, 1749, from hack (n.2) in special sense of "one who writes anything for hire."
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.