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3 definitions found
 for hackneyed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hackney \Hack"ney\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hackneyed (-n[i^]d);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Hackneying.]
     1. To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or
        carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or
        commonplace; as, a hackneyed metaphor or quotation.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Had I so lavish of my presence been,
              So common-hackneyed in the eyes of men. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To carry in a hackney coach. --Cowper.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hackneyed
      adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
             "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and
             commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer";
             "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn
             axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn:
             banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat,
             shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn,
             tired, trite, well-worn]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "hackneyed":
     antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, automatic, back-number, banal,
     bathetic, beaten, bewhiskered, bromidic, cliched, common,
     commonly known, commonplace, constant, conventional, corny,
     current, cut-and-dried, everyday, fade, familiar, frequent, fusty,
     habitual, hack, hackney, household, moth-eaten, musty, notorious,
     obsolete, old hat, out-of-date, outmoded, overworked, persistent,
     platitudinous, proverbial, public, quotidian, recurrent, recurring,
     regular, repetitive, routine, set, square, stale, stereotyped,
     stock, talked-about, talked-of, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite,
     truistic, universally admitted, universally recognized, unoriginal,
     warmed-over, well-kenned, well-known, well-recognized,
     well-trodden, well-understood, well-worn, widely known, worn,
     worn thin, worn-out
  
  

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