Thesaurus

hackneyed

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of hackneyed

(Entry 1 of 2)

hackneyed

verb
past tense of hackney

Synonyms of hackneyed (Entry 2 of 2)

to use so much as to make less appealing
  • advertisers have hackneyed the word "revolutionary" so much that it now just means that a product is new

Synonyms for hackneyed

Words Related to hackneyed

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About hackneyed

How does the adjective hackneyed differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of hackneyed are stereotyped, threadbare, and trite. While all these words mean "lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest," hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless.

all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed

When is stereotyped a more appropriate choice than hackneyed?

Although the words stereotyped and hackneyed have much in common, stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form.

views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date

When would threadbare be a good substitute for hackneyed?

The meanings of threadbare and hackneyed largely overlap; however, threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted.

a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

When might trite be a better fit than hackneyed?

While the synonyms trite and hackneyed are close in meaning, trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity.

"you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hackneyed

Time Traveler for hackneyed

Time Traveler

The first known use of hackneyed was in 1735

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about hackneyed

Cite this Entry

“Hackneyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hackneyed. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on hackneyed

Dictionary: Definition of hackneyed

Nglish: Translation of hackneyed for Spanish Speakers

Comments on hackneyed

What made you want to look up hackneyed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!