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hackney

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noun hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\

Definition of hackney

plural

hackneys

  1. 1a :  a horse suitable for ordinary riding or drivingb :  a trotting horse used chiefly for drivingc often capitalized :  any of an English breed of rather compact usually chestnut, bay, or brown high-stepping horses

  2. 2 obsolete :  one that works for hire

  3. 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 hack·ney

Definition of hackney

  1. 1 :  kept for public hire

  2. 2 :  hackneyed

  3. 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

1589


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hackney

verb hack·ney

Definition of hackney

hackneyed

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hackneying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make common or frequent use ofb :  to make trite, vulgar, or commonplace

  3. 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

First Known Use of hackney

1596


Hackney

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geographical name Hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\

Definition of Hackney

  1. borough of northern Greater London, England population 250,000


HACKNEY Defined for Kids

hackney

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noun hack·ney \ˈhak-nē\

Definition of hackney for Students

plural

hackneys

  1. :  a horse for ordinary riding or driving



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