Hackney

Definition of Hackney

Hack´ney   Pronunciation: ~nŷ
n.1.A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
2.A horse or pony kept for hire.
3.A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
4.A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
a.1.Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used; trite; mean; as, hackney coaches; hackney authors.
v. t.1.To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or commonplace; as, a hackneyed metaphor or quotation.
[imp. & p. p. Hackneyed (-nĭd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hackneying.]
Had I so lavish of my presence been,
So common-hackneyed in the eyes of men.
- Shak.
2.To carry in a hackney coach.

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carriage, equipage, four-wheeler, hackney carriage, hackney coach, rig
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