noun, plural hackneys.
Also called hackney coach. a carriage or coach for hire; cab.
a trotting horse used for drawing a light carriage or the like.
a horse used for ordinary riding or driving.
(initial capital letter) one of an English breed of horses having a high-stepping gait.
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.

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

hackneyism, noun
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a borough of Greater London, England.
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hackney (ˈhæknɪ)
1.  a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
2.  a.  a coach or carriage that is for hire
 b.  (as modifier): a hackney carriage
3.  a popular term for hack
4.  (tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use
[C14: probably after Hackney, where horses were formerly raised; sense 4 meaning derives from the allusion to a weakened hired horse]

Hackney (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 & History

c.1300, see hack (2).
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inner borough of London, in the historic county of Middlesex. Hackney lies north of the City of London and Tower Hamlets, and its eastern boundary is the River Lea. It was created a borough in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former metropolitan boroughs of Shoreditch, Hackney, and Stoke Newington. Hackney includes areas and historic villages such as (from north to south) Stoke Newington, Upper Clapton, Lea Bridge, Lower Clapton, Dalston, Homerton, Hackney Wick, Hackney, Kingsland, Haggerston, Hoxton, and Shoreditch. Shoreditch, near the City, is industrial and commercial in character, whereas the rest of Hackney is largely residential with pockets of industry, notably along the Lea valley.

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It was one of the hamlets included in the manor of stepney and hackney.
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