hackney definition by Webster's New World
- a horse for ordinary driving or riding
- a carriage for hire
- Obsolete a drudge
Origin: Middle English hakene, hakenei, after Hakeney (now Hackney), England
- hired out
- trite; commonplace
- to hire out
- to make trite
hackney definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hack·neys
- often Hackney A horse of a breed developed in England, having a gait characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee.
- A trotting horse suited for routine riding or driving; a hack.
- A coach or carriage for hire.
- To cause to become banal and trite through overuse.
- To hire out; let.
- Banal; trite.
- Having been hired.
Origin: Middle English hakenei, probably after Hakenei, Hackney, a borough of London, England, where such horses were raised.