hackneyed

[hak-need]

Origin:
1740–50; hackney + -ed2

nonhackneyed, adjective
unhackneyed, adjective


overdone, overused. See commonplace.
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hackney

[hak-nee]
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.
adjective
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

hackneyism, noun
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hackney (ˈhæknɪ)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]
 
'hackneyism
 
n

Hackney (ˈhæknɪ)
 
n
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)

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

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hackney
c.1300, see hack (2).

hackneyed
1769, "kept for hire," pp. adj. from hackney (see hack (2)). The figurative sense of "so overused as to have become uninteresting" is older, from 1749.
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Example sentences
The result doesn't even reach hackneyed sitcom status.
There was a lot of truth in this reply, however hackneyed.
The show about an inept spy was banal and relied on hackneyed gimmicks.
Further such thinking is not only so hackneyed but it's also passé.
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