I. noun (plural hackneys) Etymology: Middle English hakeney Date: 14th century 1. a. a horse suitable for ordinary riding or driving b. a trotting horse used chiefly for driving c. often capitalized any of an English breed of rather compact usually chestnut, bay, or brown high-stepping horses 2. obsolete one that works for hire 3. a carriage or automobile kept for hire II. adjective Date: 1589 1. kept for public hire 2. hackneyed 3. archaic done or suitable for doing by a drudge III. transitive verb (hackneyed; hackneying) Date: 1596 1. a. to make common or frequent use of b. to make trite, vulgar, or commonplace 2. archaic to make sophisticated or jaded

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