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n. pl. hack·neys
1. often Hackney A horse of a breed developed in England, having a gait characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee.
2. A trotting horse suited for routine riding or driving; a hack.
3. A coach or carriage for hire.
tr.v. hack·neyed, hack·ney·ing, hack·neys
1. To cause to become banal and trite through overuse.
2. To hire out; let.
1. Banal; trite.
2. Having been hired.

[Middle English hakenei, probably after Hakenei, Hackney, a borough of London, England, where such horses were raised.]


1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
2. (Automotive Engineering)
a. a coach or carriage that is for hire
b. (as modifier): a hackney carriage.
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a popular term for hack21
(tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use
[C14: probably after Hackney, where horses were formerly raised; sense 4 meaning derives from the allusion to a weakened hired horse]
ˈhackneyism n


(Placename) a borough of NE Greater London: formed in 1965 from the former boroughs of Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, and Hackney; nearby are Hackney Marshes, the largest recreation ground in London. Pop: 208 400 (2003 est). Area: 19 sq km (8 sq miles)


(ˈhæk ni)

n., pl. -neys,
adj., v. n.
1. a carriage for hire; cab.
2. a horse used for ordinary riding or driving.
3. (cap.) one of an English breed of horses having a high-stepping gait.
4. let out, employed, or done for hire.
5. to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use.
6. to use as a hackney.
[1300–50; Middle English hakeney]
hack′ney•ism, n.


(ˈhæk ni)

a borough of Greater London. 187,400.


Past participle: hackneyed
Gerund: hackneying

I hackney
you hackney
he/she/it hackneys
we hackney
you hackney
they hackney
I hackneyed
you hackneyed
he/she/it hackneyed
we hackneyed
you hackneyed
they hackneyed
Present Continuous
I am hackneying
you are hackneying
he/she/it is hackneying
we are hackneying
you are hackneying
they are hackneying
Present Perfect
I have hackneyed
you have hackneyed
he/she/it has hackneyed
we have hackneyed
you have hackneyed
they have hackneyed
Past Continuous
I was hackneying
you were hackneying
he/she/it was hackneying
we were hackneying
you were hackneying
they were hackneying
Past Perfect
I had hackneyed
you had hackneyed
he/she/it had hackneyed
we had hackneyed
you had hackneyed
they had hackneyed
I will hackney
you will hackney
he/she/it will hackney
we will hackney
you will hackney
they will hackney
Future Perfect
I will have hackneyed
you will have hackneyed
he/she/it will have hackneyed
we will have hackneyed
you will have hackneyed
they will have hackneyed
Future Continuous
I will be hackneying
you will be hackneying
he/she/it will be hackneying
we will be hackneying
you will be hackneying
they will be hackneying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hackneying
you have been hackneying
he/she/it has been hackneying
we have been hackneying
you have been hackneying
they have been hackneying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hackneying
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he/she/it will have been hackneying
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you will have been hackneying
they will have been hackneying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hackneying
you had been hackneying
he/she/it had been hackneying
we had been hackneying
you had been hackneying
they had been hackneying
I would hackney
you would hackney
he/she/it would hackney
we would hackney
you would hackney
they would hackney
Past Conditional
I would have hackneyed
you would have hackneyed
he/she/it would have hackneyed
we would have hackneyed
you would have hackneyed
they would have hackneyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hackney - a carriage for hirehackney - a carriage for hire      
carriage, equipage, rig - a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
four-wheeler - a hackney carriage with four wheels
remise - an expensive or high-class hackney
2.hackney - a compact breed of harness horse
harness horse - horse used for pulling vehicles
عَرَبَة أُجْرَه
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(ˈhӕkni) : hackney carriage/cab noun
a taxi.
References in classic literature ?
He rode, not a mule, like his companion, but a strong hackney for the road, to save his gallant war-horse, which a squire led behind, fully accoutred for battle, with a chamfrom or plaited head-piece upon his bead, having a short spike projecting from the front.
but our lady is lighter than a lanner, and might teach the cleverest Cordovan or Mexican how to mount; she cleared the back of the saddle in one jump, and without spurs she is making the hackney go like a zebra; and her damsels are no way behind her, for they all fly like the wind;" which was the truth, for as soon as they saw Dulcinea mounted, they pushed on after her, and sped away without looking back, for more than half a league.
For I must tell thee, Sancho, that when I approached to put Dulcinea upon her hackney (as thou sayest it was, though to me it appeared a she-ass), she gave me a whiff of raw garlic that made my head reel, and poisoned my very heart.
There is not much difference between cackneys and hackneys," said Sancho; "but no matter what they come on, there they are, the finest ladies one could wish for, especially my lady the princess Dulcinea, who staggers one's senses.
He did trace them easily to Clapham, but no further; for on entering that place, they removed into a hackney coach, and dismissed the chaise that brought them from Epsom.
Before I could tell him what a vulgar document it looked like, two more dirty strangers put me into a hackney coach.
Sir Nigel and Ford had ridden on in advance, the knight upon his hackney, while his great war-horse trotted beside his squire.
The other gentleman was plainly impatient to be gone, however, and as they hurried into the hackney cabriolet immediately afterwards, perhaps Mr Nickleby forgot to mention circumstances so unimportant.
He had heard of the case of an orphan muffin boy, who, having been run over by a hackney carriage, had been removed to the hospital, had undergone the amputation of his leg below the knee, and was now actually pursuing his occupation on crutches.
Nobody was rendered more indignant by these proceedings than Mr Sampson Brass, who, as he could by no means afford to lose so profitable an inmate, deemed it prudent to pocket his lodger's affront along with his cash, and to annoy the audiences who clustered round his door by such imperfect means of retaliation as were open to him, and which were confined to the trickling down of foul water on their heads from unseen watering pots, pelting them with fragments of tile and mortar from the roof of the house, and bribing the drivers of hackney cabriolets to come suddenly round the corner and dash in among them precipitately.
This fellow, I say, stiled himself a lawyer, but was indeed a most vile petty-fogger, without sense or knowledge of any kind; one of those who may be termed train-bearers to the law; a sort of supernumeraries in the profession, who are the hackneys of attorneys, and will ride more miles for half-a-crown than a postboy.
Since 2005, Hackney has been living in Yorkshire, England, and focusing on landscape painting, two of which are 27 feet long.