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hackneyed

[hak-need] /ˈhæk nid/
adjective
1.
made commonplace or trite; stale; banal:
the hackneyed images of his poetry.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; hackney + -ed2
Related forms
nonhackneyed, adjective
unhackneyed, adjective
Synonyms
overdone, overused. See commonplace.
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British Dictionary definitions for unhackneyed

hackneyed

/ˈhæknɪd/
adjective
1.
(of phrases, fashions, etc) used so often as to be trite, dull, and stereotyped
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Word Origin and History for unhackneyed

hackneyed

adj.

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."

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