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hackney

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hackney a compact breed of harness horse
    • n hackney a carriage for hire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hackney A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
    • Hackney A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
    • Hackney A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
    • Hackney A horse or pony kept for hire.
    • Hackney To carry in a hackney coach.
    • Hackney 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. "Had I so lavish of my presence been,
      So common- hackneyed in the eyes of men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hackney A horse kept for riding or driving; a pad; a nag.
    • n hackney A horse kept for hire; a horse much used; a hack.
    • n hackney A coach or other carriage kept for hire. Also called hackney-coach.
    • n hackney A person accustomed to drudgery; a person ready to be hired for any drudgery or dirty work; a hireling.
    • n hackney A prostitute.
    • n hackney A payment in hire or as in hire.
    • hackney Let out, employed, or done for hire; drudging; mercenary.
    • hackney To wear, weary, or exhaust by frequent or excessive use, as a horse; hence, to render worn, trite, stale, etc., as by repetition.
    • hackney To ride or drive as a hackney.
    • n hackney Specifically, a breed of horses which combines thoroughbred blood with that of the English shire horse or cart-horse and also that of the native Irish horse. A hackney is a horse of moderate size, but over 14 hands, compact build, good action and good disposition, not so heavy as a coach-horse nor so ‘leggy’ as a hunter. The term is used in England much as roadster or driver is used in the United States, but includes horses for riding as well as for driving.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hackney hak′ni a horse for general use, esp. for hire:
    • v.t Hackney to carry in a hackney-coach: to use much: to make commonplace
    • adjs Hackney let out for hire: devoted to common use: much used
    • n Hackney hak′ni (obs.) a person hired for any mean work
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hakeney, hakenay,; cf. F. haguenée, a pacing horse, an ambling nag, OF. also haquenée, Sp. hacanea, OSp. facanea, D. hakkenei, also OF. haque, horse, Sp. haca, OSp. faca,; perh. akin to E. hack, to cut, and nag, and orig. meaning, a jolting horse. Cf. Hack a horse, Nag
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. haquenee, an ambling nag; further history unknown.

Usage

In literature:

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO HACKNEY-COACH HORSES.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Observing that I was helpless, the woman, my wife, summoned a hackney carriage and drove off, taunting and jeering at her spouse.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Another, with a like acreage, specializes in hackneys.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
Of hackneyed subjects, a foremost place may be assigned to the Art of Study.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
Least of all is it ever hackneyed.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Satin linings of yellow, pink, and blue, are very prevalent ... even in their hackney coaches.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The new-comer was known to these four, for his name was given, and his domicile was mentioned as Hackney Wick.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
There was a hackney coach near the steps.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Now, we have prefixed the hackneyed line of Il Penseroso to our paper, because it is a definition of the essence of the beautiful.
"The Poetry of Architecture" by John Ruskin
He kept on the flat in town, worked in the City all the day, and spent much time of evenings at the Eton Mission in Hackney Wick.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
A great hackney-coach nigh mired in mud as it lumbered through mid-road.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The other is a stout hackney.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
A hackneyed dodge of his.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
There were many reasons why Hugh should begin his clerical work at Hackney Wick, though I suspect it was mainly my father's choice.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
A license duty on hackney coaches, imposed in 1693, called forth, however, opposition from an unexpected quarter.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
One verse at least (the fourth) is most legitimately famous, though it is hackneyed from the constant repetition of fools.
"Avril" by H. Belloc
At this period they received a petition against the commissioners for licensing hackney-coaches.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
To put it in a very hackneyed way, we were not each other's affinities.
"The Mummy and Miss Nitocris" by George Griffith
What's the news at Hackney?
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
The time was out of joint in a very literal sense of that somewhat hackneyed phrase.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
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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:

The lodge "is on a mound that puts the floor 13 feet above the surrounding land," Hackney said.
Nov 20, 2009: Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson.
This statement really is as true as it is hackneyed.
10 YEARS AGO Oct 24, 2002 – Enjoying Halloween carnival activities at Colfax Elementary School was student Kiefer Hackney, who got her face painted by Barbi Ivey.
Eagles coach Rodney Hackney can only guess.
Luke Hackney, Michael Pozz and Doug Strickler.
Bollywood films made in India are beginning to feature gay characters, but some say their portrayal is hackneyed and stereotyped.
Massive multi-agency team - and tear gas - help take down accused attempted murderer, Mario Hackney.
Mario Hackney ( September 28, 2012 ).
Hackney said the bullying started when Ashlynn was around 7.
'The Bay': Hackneyed 'found footage' approach spells tedium .
Andrew David Nilsson, aka Andrew Stanger (at top, blue shirt), and Mario Wayne Hackney, aka Don Lennon (bottom, in red shirt).
While some guests may swoon at the sight of a petal-strewn bed, others may dismiss it as hackneyed.
Amy Hackney Wunder, 61, of Orlando, passed away Saturday, Nov 3, 2012.Survivors: husband, Nick Wunder .
Amy Hackney Wunder, 61, of Orlando, Fla.
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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
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