hackneyed [hak-need] (previously 03-25-13)
1. made commonplace or trite; stale; banal: the hackneyed images of his poetry.
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Origin: First recorded in 1740-50; hackney + -ed
noun, plural hackneys.
1. Also called hackney coach. a carriage or coach for hire; cab.
2. a trotting horse used for drawing a light carriage or the like.
3. a horse used for ordinary riding or driving.
4. (initial capital letter) one of an English breed of horses having a high-stepping gait.
5. let out, employed, or done for hire.
verb (used with object)
6. to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use.
7. to use as a hackney.
Origin: 1300-50; Middle English hakeney, special use of placename Hackney, Middlesex, England
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