- The definition of hackneyed is something cliché that has been overused or done too much.
An example of hackneyed writing is writing that is full of cliches and boring phrases that have been used by countless other authors.
hackneyed definition by Webster's New World
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made trite by overuse
hackneyed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.