from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horse of a breed developed in England, having a gait characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee.
- n. A trotting horse suited for routine riding or driving; a hack.
- n. A coach or carriage for hire.
- transitive v. To cause to become banal and trite through overuse.
- transitive v. To hire out; let.
- adj. Banal; trite.
- adj. Having been hired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ordinary horse.
- n. A carriage for hire or a cab.
- n. A horse used to ride or drive.
- n. A breed of English horse.
- adj. Offered for hire.
- v. To make uninteresting or trite by frequent use.
- v. To use as a hackney.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
- n. A horse or pony kept for hire.
- n. A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
- n. A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
- adj. Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used; trite; mean
- transitive v. To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or commonplace.
- transitive v. To carry in a hackney coach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse kept for riding or driving; a pad; a nag.
- n. A horse kept for hire; a horse much used; a hack.
- n. A coach or other carriage kept for hire. Also called hackney-coach.
- n. A person accustomed to drudgery; a person ready to be hired for any drudgery or dirty work; a hireling.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A payment in hire or as in hire.
- Let out, employed, or done for hire; drudging; mercenary.
- To wear, weary, or exhaust by frequent or excessive use, as a horse; hence, to render worn, trite, stale, etc., as by repetition.
- To ride or drive as a hackney.
- n. Specifically, a breed of horses which combines thoroughbred blood with that of the English shire horse or cart-horse and also that of the native Irish horse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a compact breed of harness horse
- n. a carriage for hire
Middle English hakenei, probably after Hakenei, Hackney, a borough of London, England, where such horses were raised.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Hackney, formerly a town, now a borough of London, used for grazing horses before sale, or from Old French haquenee ("ambling mare for ladies"), Latinized in England to hakeneius (though some recent French sources report that the English usage predates the French) (Wiktionary)