Advertisement

hackneyed (adj.)

"trite, so overused as to have become uninteresting," 1749, figurative use of past-participle adjective from hackney (v.) "use a horse for riding" (1570s), hence "make common by indiscriminate use" (1590s), from hackney (n.), and compare hack (n.2) in its specialized sense of "one who writes anything for hire." From 1769 as "kept for hire."

Others Are Reading

Advertisement
Definitions of hackneyed from WordNet

hackneyed (adj.)
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
hackneyed phrases
Synonyms: banal / commonplace / old-hat / shopworn / stock / threadbare / timeworn / tired / trite / well-worn
From wordnet.princeton.edu

Dictionary Entries near hackneyed

hack

hackamore

hacker

hackle

hackney

hackneyed

hacksaw

had

haddock

hade

Hades