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1hackney

noun hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\
plural hack·neys

Definition of HACKNEY

1
a :  a horse suitable for ordinary riding or driving
b :  a trotting horse used chiefly for driving
c often capitalized :  any of an English breed of rather compact usually chestnut, bay, or brown high-stepping horses
2
obsolete :  one that works for hire
3
:  a carriage or automobile kept for hire
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Origin of HACKNEY

Middle English hakeney
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HACKNEY

2hackney

adjective

Definition of HACKNEY

1
:  kept for public hire
2
:  hackneyed
3
archaic :  done or suitable for doing by a drudge

Examples of HACKNEY

  1. <she quickly learned to ignore her children's hackney complaints like It isn't fair and Why me?>

First Known Use of HACKNEY

1589

3hackney

verb
hack·neyedhack·ney·ing

Definition of HACKNEY

transitive verb
1
a :  to make common or frequent use of
b :  to make trite, vulgar, or commonplace
2
archaic :  to make sophisticated or jaded

Examples of HACKNEY

  1. <advertisers have hackneyed the word revolutionary so much that it now just means that a product is new>

First Known Use of HACKNEY

1596

Hackney

geographical name Hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\

Definition of HACKNEY

borough of N Greater London, England pop 164,200

Rhymes with HACKNEY

HACKNEYS Defined for Kids

hackney

noun hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\
plural hack·neys

Definition of HACKNEY for Kids

:  a horse for ordinary riding or driving

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