Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Trite; commonplace; threadbare: as, a hackneyed subject.

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  • adjective Repeated too often.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of hackney.

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  • adjective repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Etymologies

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hackney +‎ -ed

Examples

  • This along with others is listed under the headword "hackneyed phrases."

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  • Bibliophile Stalker interviews Ellen Datlow, Editor of (among many, many other things) the upcoming anthology The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: "It's not that the genres have weaknesses or strengths but that the purveyors of genres write well or badly and use the genres ambitiously or in hackneyed ways."

    March 2008

  • Bibliophile Stalker interviews Ellen Datlow, Editor of (among many, many other things) the upcoming anthology The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: "It's not that the genres have weaknesses or strengths but that the purveyors of genres write well or badly and use the genres ambitiously or in hackneyed ways."

    SF Tidbits for 3/18/08

  • The lyrics that all the world loves and repeats, the poetry which is often called hackneyed, is on the whole the best poetry.

    George Washington

  • Efforts were made at home to procure for him the position of Secretary of Legation in London, which drew from him the remark, when they came to his knowledge, that he did not like to have his name hackneyed about among the office-seekers in Washington.

    Washington Irving

  • Efforts were made at home to procure for him the position of Secretary of Legation in London, which drew from him the remark, when they came to his knowledge, that he did not like to have his name hackneyed about among the office-seekers in Washington.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • Efforts were made at home to procure for him the position of Secretary of Legation in London, which drew from him the remark, when they came to his knowledge, that he did not like to have his name hackneyed about among the office-seekers in Washington.

    Washington Irving

  • Efforts were made at home to procure for him the position of Secretary of Legation in London, which drew from him the remark, when they came to his knowledge, that he did not like to have his name hackneyed about among the office-seekers in Washington.

    Washington Irving

  • That I was inclined to look beyond the hackneyed was a clear signal sent out.

    The Times of India

  • It sounded kind of hackneyed and derivative to be honest. mangoshakes he's consistently funny. one of the funniest parts from cop trailer. and he didn't have to do something shocking to do it.

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Comments

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  • Is this word a good substitute for 'cheesy'?

    What other word can one use?

    January 5, 2007

  • Citation on nympho.

    June 22, 2008

  • I thought this was a reference to the London Riots.

    September 2, 2011

  • lacking significance through having been overused

    Cheryl rolled her eyes when she heard the lecturer's hackneyed advice to "be true to yourself."

    October 19, 2016