Definition of hackneyed
: lacking in freshness or originality hackneyed slogans
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Examples of hackneyed in a Sentence
it's hackneyed, but true—the more you save the more you earn
Recent Examples of hackneyed from the Web
An emblematic enchilada from one person's perspective is a hackneyed cliché from another's.
This will entail some simple flipping through the book itself, ample interesting but hackneyed dialog and, at least in my case, lots of spinning around in your den attempting to fend off vengeful spirits through the camera’s eye.
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Does Hackney Come From the Name of an English Town?
Hackney entered the English language in the 14th century as a noun. Some think perhaps it came from "Hakeneye" (now "Hackney"), the name of a town (now a borough) in England. Others dispute this explanation, pointing to similar forms in other European languages. The noun "hackney," in any case, refers to a horse suitable for ordinary riding or driving-as opposed to one used as a draft animal or a war charger. When "hackney" was first used as a verb in the late 16th century, it often meant "to make common or frequent use of." Later, it meant "to make trite, vulgar, or commonplace." The adjective "hackneyed" began to be used in the 18th century and now is a common synonym for "trite."
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HACKNEYED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hackneyed for English Language Learners
: not interesting, funny, etc., because of being used too often : not fresh or original
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