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hackney

noun hack·ney \ ˈhak-nē \

Definition of hackney

plural hackneys
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 and Etymology of hackney

Middle English hakeney


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hackney

adjective

Definition of hackney

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

Examples of hackney in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of hackney

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hackney

verb

Definition of hackney

hackneyed; hackneying
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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of hackney

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hackney Synonyms


Hackney

geographical name Hack·ney \ ˈhak-nē \

Definition of Hackney

borough of northern Greater London, England population 250,000

HACKNEY Defined for Kids

hackney

noun hack·ney \ ˈhak-nē \

Definition of hackney for Students

plural hackneys
: a horse for ordinary riding or driving


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