from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.

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  • adj. Repeated too often.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of hackney.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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  • adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse


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hackney +‎ -ed


  • 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."

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  • 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

  • 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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  • What astounds me is that this kind of hackneyed territory is made original once again by personifying the life of small time hoodlumism with an opening of a guy, splattered with blood and breathing heavy.

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  • There was an article in the New Yorker about James Cameron and it included a snippet from a rebuttal by Cameron to Kenneth Turan, a critic for the L.A. Times who panned Titanic as "hackneyed" and "derivative" and continued to criticize it despite its success.

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  • People use the term "Orwellian" so often that it has become exactly the kind of hackneyed, overused expression that Mr. Orwell was warning us against, the kind of expression that people use to mask lazy, conventional thinking.

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  • He rails about the kind of hackneyed movie he doesn't want to write -- the kind where characters learn tidy life-altering lessons.

    Meta-Movie Madness


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  • lacking significance through having been overused

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

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

    September 2, 2011

  • Citation on nympho.

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

    What other word can one use?

    January 5, 2007