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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Definitions for hackneyed

  1. used too often; commonplace
  2. habituated; experienced

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Citations for hackneyed
Within earshot of flushing toilets, under the unflinching surveillance of a fake security camera, and accompanied by cheese curls and brightly-colored Kool-Aid, the Museum of Bad Art's newest exhibit, "Hackneyed Portraits," opened earlier this month. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe
"The supply demand dynamics just don't warrant where we are today. It's becoming incredibly hackneyed to say it's all coming from demand in China," he said. Tim Paradis, San Diego Union
Origin of hackneyed
1740-1750
Special sense of "one who writes anything for hire" led to hackneyed "trite" by 1749.