• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hackneyed repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse "bromidic sermons","his remarks were trite and commonplace","hackneyed phrases","a stock answer","repeating threadbare jokes","parroting some timeworn axiom","the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hackneyed Trite; commonplace; threadbare: as, a hackneyed subject.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hackneyed let out for hire: devoted to common use: much used
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. haquenee, an ambling nag; further history unknown.


In literature:

Dr. Ball was bred, as they can be supplied from the new arsenal at Hackney.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It is hackneyed, I know, but there is only one way to describe the great trek to Windhuk.
"With Botha in the Field" by Eric Moore Ritchie
She had by this time got close to her hackney coach and looked at the coachman for a moment.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
Clotworthy, Stiles, and Hackney, taken as volunteers at Swan River.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Perhaps no scene of beauty in the visible creation has proved a more hackneyed theme for the poet and the philosopher than a starry night.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
It is a hackneyed truism, and, like other axioms, profoundly true, that wedding-festivities are invariably followed by a sense of blank dulness.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
He uses no hackneyed terms, no second-hand or imitated phrases.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
Then there was Tom Jarrot, the hackney-coachman, who was pitched off the box against yonder curbstone, and broke his leg.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The hackneyed example of moral deliberation is the case of an habitual drunkard under temptation.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
Avoid platitudes and hackneyed phrases.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein

In poetry:

The hackneyed compliments that bore
World-folks like you and me,
Appeared to her as if they wore
The crown of Poesy.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Where wicked youths in crowds are stowed
He shall unquestioned rule,
And have the run of Hackney Road
Reformatory School!"
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Hackney bow hunts to clear mind, prepare for Elites.
The last bit of energy Greg Hackney had within him was used to finish in seventh place on the final stop of the regular season for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Oneida.
HT Hackney ranked #82 in 2010.
HT Hackney ranked #112 in 2009.
Kidron, Hackney parent getting a new owner.
House Minority Leader Joe Hackney announced today he will not seek re-election in 2012.
'Cross' a hackneyed crime thriller.
'Animal Practice' monkeys with a hackneyed premise.
Hackneyed rules of suspense disappear in Hayder's 'Gone'.
Despite the teasing , Hackney said, Ashlynn liked school and made the honor roll this quarter.
Elaine Kub and Walt Hackney.
Joining us now are Elaine Kub and Walt Hackney.
On August 1-4 the 2012 Annual Shelbyville Horse Show will feature the gorgeous Saddlebred Horse and the Hackney Pony.
Luke Hackney and Holly Johnson of Lansing Art Works talk about fostering the community through art.
Police officers question a man during a routine stop and search operation on Wednesday in Hackney, North London.

In science:

The proposed model accounts for different susceptibility of people to humour, the absence of a humorous effect from a hackneyed joke, the role of timing in telling jokes, etc.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Of course, not every ”deviation from the norm” looks funny; but it should be taken into account that habitual, oft-repeated deviations are analogous to hackneyed jokes (see below) and the weak deviations are easily forced out by other emotions (see the following paper ).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm